Posted by: simon TITLE: AGE / VALUE: vintage?
I~m hoping that someone out there can help me with the vintage, make and value of a bicycle that I have picked up. The serial number reads 37859HAW. The HAW leads me to believe that it~s a HAWTHORNE , but the head badge reads WESTERN FLYER western auto stores. I don~t believe that everything on the bike is original, but of the saame vintage. I have search the web to find any pictures and info, but have come up short in my efforts. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, Simon
Posted by Gordon
Many of the balloon tire Hiawatha, Hawthorne and Western Flyers were built by the same company, Cleveland Welding. They were all identical bikes with the exception of the headbadges, decals and in some cases the headlights were different. I don~t know if that explains the situation with your bike, but it could be they ran short of frames for a Western Flyer run and just used some Hawthornes they had on hand.
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