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Posted by: Carl TITLE: AGE / VALUE:   old panther?
Hello devoties, I am hoping to learn the age and model of my old cruiser. I have a Schwinn which I believe is a Panther. It has the head badge with the prop plain racing downwards above the Schwinn name in arch form. Below the name is a sedan racing a steam locomotive. The serial number, and there are a few stampings is as follows: 7000278 B19432 p 4 M(?). I have consluded that "P" stands for panther, that "B" is for February and that the ditit "1" after the B is for the year 1951. Does this sound right?
I found this bicycle beside a barn in central Texas in 1981 along side a girl~s Rocket also from Chicago. It has a straight bar frame, forward rear dropouts, locking steering, knee action spring front fork, heart chain ring, winged chain guard, one inch pitch chain, Messinger saddle and AS bolts. I would add a picture, but I~m not up on how this is done. Any help in IDing this fun ride would be appreciated. Kind Regards, Carl from Seattle
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Posted by ken
There~s more... the following used to be on the Schwinn serial # page: "Serial numbers were under the bottom hanger bracket until 1952 when they were moved to the left rear dropout. They were moved again in 1972 to the head tube. Several different numbering systems were used and sometimes the same numbers were reused in different years."
I have not seen any stampings on a Schwinn like the ones you describe; typically the serial # is just a letter and five or six digits, like the number you have starting with B- but they went through a lot of different systems. I~d use the location of the number as a guide. The B numbers on this list are from 52 and 53, which is still within the period of inch pitch chain. Bt if your numbers are under the crank, it may precede the 1948 beginning of the list... let us know what you learn.
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Posted by Carl
Yes Ken, it does have the welded kickstand mount. Thank you for sharing this trivia.
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Posted by ken
Does it have the patent welded-on kickstand? If so, 51 sounds reasonable.
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