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Offline HerrOtto

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Help dating a bike using a serial number?
« on: June 16, 2023, 01:29:49 PM »
Hello, can someone tell me the date of a Schwinn Spitfire Hornet with the serial number C61934. My research says 1956, but I am not positive. Thank you

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Re: Help dating a bike using a serial number?
« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2023, 11:46:22 AM »
1953 11/05 to 11/11 ------- C61137 ------------------ C63984

https://www.angelfire.com/rant/allday101/SchwinnCodes3.html

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Re: Help dating a bike using a serial number?
« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2023, 02:14:36 PM »
Thank you. I used this site to decipher the serial number. http://thirtythree.org/projects-unconverted/Lowrider%20Bicycle%20Restoration/Identifying%20Schwinn%20Frames.pdf   Apparently, I deciphered it wrong or the site is incorrect.

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Re: Help dating a bike using a serial number?
« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2023, 12:56:46 PM »
There is also the issue of where the serial data is located. Prior to 1952 the serial data is located on the bottom of the bottom bracket shell.

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Re: Help dating a bike using a serial number?
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2023, 12:46:45 PM »
Today I picked up a woman's Balloon Tire Schwinn, with the serial number on the bottom bracket shell. I am assuming that makes it older than 1952. The serial number's first position is either a "0" or a "C" , the rest is 127067. I am guessing 1951.  Thank you

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Re: Help dating a bike using a serial number?
« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2023, 10:28:44 AM »
It may be a G and not a C or O. Schwinn usually stayed clear of O and I for letters in serial data. If it is a G and it's on the bottom bracket it would make it a 1950.

05/22 ------------------ G125855 --------------- G129609

https://www.angelfire.com/rant/allday101/SchwinnCodes2.html

The home page of the serial number website.

https://www.angelfire.com/rant/allday101/SchwinnCodes1.html

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Re: Help dating a bike using a serial number?
« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2023, 04:42:57 PM »
Thank you. After further investigation, the first position is the letter"G".

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Re: Help dating a bike using a serial number?
« Reply #7 on: June 21, 2023, 04:53:43 PM »
Hopefully, here is a re-scaled picture of the serial number.