1937 Colson Hi Lo

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Freqman1

Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline
Jul 14, 2009
16,213
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Evans, GA
#21
View attachment 696611 View attachment 696612 View attachment 696613 Yep I do own it .....Rustjunkie I’m sure your right it didn’t come with a tank mine is flyer I know it came with the tank...the #’s are 4D8xxx. The d in my numbers might stand for deluxe (tank) with flyer being the delux model.
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
 

47jchiggins

I live for the CABE
Sep 15, 2013
1,301
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Virginia Beach, 23451
#22
View attachment 696611 View attachment 696612 View attachment 696613 Yep I do own it .....Rustjunkie I’m sure your right it didn’t come with a tank mine is flyer I know it came with the tank...the #’s are 4D8xxx. The d in my numbers might stand for deluxe (tank) with flyer being the delux model.
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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Freqman1

Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline
Jul 14, 2009
16,213
17,050
Evans, GA
#24
View attachment 696611 View attachment 696612 View attachment 696613 Yep I do own it .....Rustjunkie I’m sure your right it didn’t come with a tank mine is flyer I know it came with the tank...the #’s are 4D8xxx. The d in my numbers might stand for deluxe (tank) with flyer being the delux model.
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
 

fordmike65

Riding a '37 Colson Imperial
Mar 4, 2012
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26,449
East Los
#26
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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47jchiggins

I live for the CABE
Sep 15, 2013
1,301
1,708
Virginia Beach, 23451
#29
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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".
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.
Todd
 

redline1968

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Oct 16, 2008
4,825
3,291
Seattle, United States
#30
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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....
 

Freqman1

Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline
Jul 14, 2009
16,213
17,050
Evans, GA
#32
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
 

Freqman1

Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline
Jul 14, 2009
16,213
17,050
Evans, GA
#36
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
 

rusty.kirkpatrick

I live for the CABE
Jun 26, 2014
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church point, la.
#38
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
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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