1938 Schwinn, model BC117

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cyclingday

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Feb 24, 2008
6,994
Costa Mesa, California. United States
Ok, so here we have it. The 1938 Schwinn built, Excelsior model BC117
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This model was sold as Schwinn's Standard Equipped, with the optional Spring Fork, Cycelock, and Forewheel Brake.
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The three sizes listed were 16" 18" 20"
But the model designation for the three sizes was listed as 116 117 118 why they didn't just use the frame size? I guess we'll never know.

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The BC designation came from the mix of B model and C model parts and paint scheme.

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I always thought it was interesting that they had Standard models that could be deluxe equipped.
The back story on this bike, was that it was purchased in the Chicago area at a yard sale for $5.00
That old saying about, One's man's trash, is another man's treasure, was never more true, than with this poor old 1938 Schwinn model BC117.
 
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bobcycles

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Sep 30, 2006
4,312
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so cal beaches
sell me the light, the rack, the lever, the back wheel, and the left grip

do
it
NOW
 
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fordmike65

Riding a '37 Colson Imperial
Mar 4, 2012
19,789
East Los
Just to throw a wrench, maybe someone here could explain this oddity...? I’ve never seen it before! The badge was a Speedboy Special/ Spokane Cycle & Toy Co.
I’m not done stripping the nasty gold auto paint that was all over it.

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Looks like prewar DX...but please start another thread on your bike. Thanks!
 
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Autocycleplane

I live for the CABE
Jan 6, 2010
1,973
NorCal, United States
Wow fantastic example Marty. @Dave K has a killer one as well, you should check out his black and red beauty sometime.

For a model named the “Standard” you sure don’t see a ton of them. I would love to see (own) one of these BC models with painted gothic fenders someday.
 
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cyclingday

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Feb 24, 2008
6,994
Costa Mesa, California. United States
Thanks, Eric.
I was talking with @onecatahula Pete the other day, and he had said that there wasn't a thread dedicated to the BC model Schwinns, so I mentioned that I'd start one when I got this bike rolling again.
Our hope is that anyone with a BC model would post pictures and descriptions of them here.
The @Dave K black and red bike is a phenomenal example of this model and it would be fantastic if some pictures of that beauty could be posted here as well.
I'm not sure where it is now, but the old Shaun Roblee two tone green one was another amazing example.
 

Dave K

I live for the CABE
Aug 30, 2011
1,662
Sebastopol, CA, United States
Wow Marty your BC is stunning. Nice work tracking down the correct patina matching parts.

My black/red BC is in the process of getting some parts upgrades but will post pictures when it is all put back together.

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cyclingday

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Feb 24, 2008
6,994
Costa Mesa, California. United States
Wow!
That's a nice one!
And it's badged as a Henderson!
I've heard there's a blue one out there somewhere.
Hopefully we'll get to see it someday.
 
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