1937 Colson Hi Lo

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  1. #21 Posted Oct 23, 2017

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    Thanks for posting. I'd like to see more serial numbers but am inclined to think the letter may be the month. Hopefully others will come forward and maybe we can crack the code. I'm by no stretch a Colson expert but I've seen a lot of different badges on a lot of different stuff so who knows for sure? V/r Shawn
     
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    The Colson catalog actually states "Regular plate on all DeLuxe models is "Colson". "Regular plate on Standard models is "Flyer". Although it also mentions the ability to have other plates upon request.
    Todd
     
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    2D308213-E531-4550-9F60-A98AB901D9D2.jpeg 14FCD628-E74A-4465-988D-9225864F439A.jpeg I guess d beats e.. lol ....flyer has always been tanked. No harm in not having the tank but that would explained why no rack and different color tank....oh here are the decals for Colson....
     
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    See the photo in post #2 of this thread--that is not my bike. Coincidence? Having just read through the Colson Two Speed literature for '34 a Standard could also have tank, light, etc... the difference was in color/pattern and other equipment e.g. crossed braced bars for Deluxe vice un-braced bars for Standard. V/r Shawn
     
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    Perhaps someone saw this bike and then put a Wards tank on yours.
    Check the front hub: not the "solid bar stock" hub as on DeLuxe models, but rather the standard hub "not turned from bar stock".
     
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    Riding a '37 Colson Imperial

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    Yeah,I don't believe that silver Motorbike tank was original to that bike. I've seen it listed in catalogs as an aftermarket add-on. Nothing wrong with that. Just didn't leave the Colson factory with it.
     
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    Heck I'm just happy to have the bike. If nothing else we've raised awareness of the model and maybe others will come forward so we can sort out what is, or isn't correct. V/r Shawn
     
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    Riding a '37 Colson Imperial

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    Who cares what's correct! It's a great bike! Now get it on the road & enjoy!
     
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    The color appears to be maroon with white trim? Finishes, DeLuxe Line, black or maroon trimmed in white. Standard Line, red, blue or green trimmed in white.
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    113603CD-7321-4D93-8BE8-9D2F70D6FB28.jpeg F618E7D9-10EC-4B67-8147-2CD109039DFD.jpeg I agree nothing wrong with no tank it’s rare anyhow. I’d have next to mine anyway and be happy with the price paid for it. But as I said this is my new toy coming home me with me tomorrow...;0.....or I’d bought it for sure....
     
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    Nice bikes in this thread, congrats to both of you!! Joe
     
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  12. #32 Posted Oct 26, 2017

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    So I've been trying to do some research and the only year I can find any solid evidence of this bike being built is 1934. In the beginning of the Colson Book it says the bike was made from '33-'37. Based on the literature I think '34 was the first year. I do not see any mention of the Hi Lo in later years catalog pages? Does anyone have an ad or other literature showing the bike being offered '35-'37? Anyone have a Hi Lo with other than a '34 serial number? Thanks, Shawn
     
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    Have the pre-37 serials been deciphered?
     
  14. #34 Posted Nov 11, 2017

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    Anyone know what these sold new for? V/r Shawn
     
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    Great looking ride.
     
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    I guess I'm getting no where fast with my Hi-Lo search for information. Other than a couple of snippets here and there I can't find any definitive references showing the Hi-Lo offered beyond 1934. Was this a one year only bike? @fordmike65 @John what ye say? V/r Shawn
     
  17. #37 Posted Dec 29, 2017

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    Honestly, I don't know much about these. I have heard that they were only made from approximately 33-35. I know @rustjunkie has some experience with these, as do @catfish & @geosbike.
     
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    Hey Shawn, thought about you when I saw this

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/classic-1934-Colson-Hi-Lo-Bicycle-CATALOG-antique-bike/292405717505?_trkparms=aid=222007&algo=SIM.MBE&ao=1&asc=47301&meid=e82b6180108449fc97198489d8c1f933&pid=100011&rk=1&rkt=5&sd=292368949503&_trksid=p2047675.c100011.m1850

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  19. #39 Posted Jan 13, 2018

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