1940's Schwinn Continental basement find!

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Slick4d4d

Look Ma, No Hands!
Sep 11, 2017
38
65
33
Freeport NY
#1
As the title states this Schwinn Continental was just hauled out of a basement where based on the dust it had been for years. Now I have done some research on these and it appears that the continental was first made in 1946 and that records for those first few years were lost but bases on the my serial number, which appears to be D19667, and the 1948 data this could be an early 1948. If anyone can confirm that date it would be great. To help further here are some of the parts on the bike: brake pads that say Schwinn front and Schwinn rear, a "The Villiers Model De Luxe" rear hub and "The Torrington Co. No. 7" pedals. Any info you could provide would be helpful.

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Metacortex

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Sep 22, 2012
858
492
The Matrix
#4
If you check the following link I believe that serial no. decodes as either a 1952, '53 or '57: http://www.angelfire.com/rant/allday101/SchwinnCodes3.html

We can narrow that down some as there was no Continental in '57 and the decals seem to match '52:

1952:
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1953:
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So bottom line I believe it is a '52 model and it seems to be *very* original!
 

Slick4d4d

Look Ma, No Hands!
Sep 11, 2017
38
65
33
Freeport NY
#6
If you check the following link I believe that serial no. decodes as either a 1952, '53 or '57: http://www.angelfire.com/rant/allday101/SchwinnCodes3.html

We can narrow that down some as there was no Continental in '57 and the decals seem to match '52:

1952:
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1953:
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So bottom line I believe it is a '52 model and it seems to be *very* original!

It can't be a 1952, for 52 the serial number would be on the rear drop out the serial number for this bike is under the crank.
 

juvela

Finally riding a big boys bike
Aug 2, 2014
390
455
Playa del Rey, United States
#12
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Does anyone know if the two-piece bimetal stem is a Schwinn item?

Some Schwinn lightweights up through 1961 exhibit stems produced by CENTRIX of France who offered both steel and alloy stems & bars.

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SirMike1983

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jun 27, 2008
2,958
2,423
United States
#13
This red bike looks like it has the correct flip-flop two-piece "AS" stem for the late 1940s Continental.
 

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