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Posted by: Mark P. TITLE: AGE / VALUE:   Help identifying
I picked this 24" up yesterday and have not been able to find pictures of another like it. I am almost positive it~s a Murray of some kind, possibly a hardware store model, but It would be really nice to know the exact brand/model. Has anyone seen one like this before?

http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i275/xvespamarkx/DSCN1890.jpg

http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i275/xvespamarkx/DSCN1891.jpg

http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i275/xvespamarkx/DSCN1894.jpg


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Posted by Mark P.
Haha, I don~t have the free time to be the Murray expert. I use to only collect Schwinns, but there are already enough Schwinn experts.

I did some checking on the Coast King theory, and it doesn~t look like Murray made any bikes for them. At least not that i can find. This might be the proverbial brick wall.

Thanks for all the help!
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Posted by ken
I don~t think ~57 is unreasonable. Coast to Coast Stores used to have a Coast King badge, a possibility for the C. You~ve done a lot already. Keep after it - YOU will be our Murray expert.
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Posted by Mark P.
It is a Mark IV brake, and the rim says M.O. Mfg. I~m positive it is Murray built at this point. I~d love to find out what brand it was sold under though. According to a Murray Eliminator (I have one of those too) fan page, the first letter in the serial number refers to the brand. M is Murray, W for Western Auto, etc. This has a C, so I don~t know, maybe JC Penney, AMC? As for the year, this isn~t very scientific, but I tried the serial number in a couple of other brands number charts and the only 2 that corresponded to anything both came up 1957. Seems like a good guess. Too bad there aren~t any Murray experts out there. They made too many brands, models, etc to make it easy to dissect.
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Posted by ken
Murray always had those v-shaped rims. I think that EXCEL coaster might be a good clue. Does it say Mark IV? A quick search turned up everything from mark 2 to mark 60 or something, and mark IV seemed to be early 50s. I don~t know anything about the makers of Excel. Anybody?
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Posted by Mark P.
Thanks for the insight, Ken. The rear rim does say Murray, but the front isn~t labeled. I think the only original parts are frame, chain guard, sprocket, and rear wheel.

I was riding it yesterday and ran into the son of a previous owner. His dad worked for a local sanitation company and pulled it out of a dumpster about 20 years ago and "restored" it by painting it the same color as the dumpsters! The son didn~t know the brand either, but it was a fun story. Also funny because I pulled it out of the landfill, so it has been saved from the dump at least twice!
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Posted by ken
I agree it looks murray-built, from the chainwheel and rear rim. Note that the whole front end including fork, wheel, stem and bars appear later along with the saddle. sorry not to be more help. Interesting rear dropout deal might help date it; it being 24" makes its design more likely to vary from the 26" tho.
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Posted by David
Hello I need help.I~, trying to identify a pair of 26" bicycles that I have just bought.The badge says Jet.There is a label under the seat that has a red crown at the top has a couple little figure guys on it & it says super on it.At the lower area under the super label it says made in western Germany.Can you please help me out with what year the bicycles were made,& where.I want to redo them it~s a pair of male & female bikes.
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