1955 Schwinn Jaguar? Need some opinions

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JGG

Look Ma, No Hands!
Feb 21, 2018
39
39
La Mesa, CA, USA
I saw this mid 50’s Jaguar posted but just wanted to get some opinions on what is original and what’s not? Something seems to be off about it. Obviously bars are gone, from brake caliper and lever are missing, and seat is just bones. The rear rack is blue and he does have the front chrome fender with light and claims both wheels are stamped S-2.

Any help would be appreciated!

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BFGforme

I live for the CABE
Nov 28, 2016
1,773
49
Oceanside CA
OMG, I've been looking for one of those for years, looks all correct to me! I'd give like a$1000 for it! The one idiot on here would probably give double that!! Cool colors...
 
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SteveF

Finally riding a big boys bike
Oct 14, 2019
188
40
Garland Texas
The one idiot on here would probably give double that!!
Man, I don't know where all the hatred for HBH comes from. I don't know either one of y'all but we're all here to enjoy this hobby and show off our prized possessions and learn a thing or two. I hope someday you can let go of whatever it is that bothers you about this man. It's not in good taste. Have a nice day.
 

BFGforme

I live for the CABE
Nov 28, 2016
1,773
49
Oceanside CA
Man, I don't know where all the hatred for HBH comes from. I don't know either one of y'all but we're all here to enjoy this hobby and show off our prized possessions and learn a thing or two. I hope someday you can let go of whatever it is that bothers you about this man. It's not in good taste. Have a nice day.
I didn't say a name, don't know what you're talking about! My buddy is considering this bike and giving him a hard time! It's about this bike.... but thanks!
 

BFGforme

I live for the CABE
Nov 28, 2016
1,773
49
Oceanside CA
I know sposed to be balloon bike but, tires look big in those fenders....it does look cool in those colors, think probably had a tank... everyone else chime in.... also thought'55 had bolt on kickstand! Struts looking correct for'55.. my thoughts on it!
 
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Mr. Monkeyarms

I live for the CABE
Oct 30, 2018
1,109
Colorado
My green '54 is very similar. Yours looks original with exception to the tires. Carrier was an add on as I don't believe these came equipped. Although I know Schwinn dealers would build it how you wanted. Maybe it was an option?
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I have a red one, also a '54.
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CURTIS L LINDGREN

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 19, 2017
931
60
Pacific Northwest , United States
Schwinn serial number look up showed this :
Congrats! Your bike is an original Chicago Schwinn.
Unfortunately the serial number you entered was used twice by Schwinn meaning there are two possible dates for your bike...

Built: of or...

Built: 02/13 of 1957.
 
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GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Sep 2, 2012
11,611
Central Arizona
Schwinn serial number look up showed this :
Congrats! Your bike is an original Chicago Schwinn.
Unfortunately the serial number you entered was used twice by Schwinn meaning there are two possible dates for your bike...

Built: of or...

Built: 02/13 of 1957.

Bwa ha ha! Schwinn serial number Mess Up.

The serial number was STAMPED in 1953 and 1952 and 1957. Take your pick, but I would say the bike was built in late 1953 with a mid October 53 serial stamping. The Jags came with screw on block bow pedals. Shifter looks like the later black plastic piece, missing the hard to find brake levers & front brake caliper.
 
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Oilit

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 30, 2015
937
Concord NC
The balloon tire Jaguar was a two year bike, 1954/55, so yours was most likely built late in 1953 as a '54 model. The frame, front fork, front fender and brake calipers were only used by Schwinn on that model and are not easy to find, so figure that into the price if the seller can't come up with the missing parts.
 
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JGG

Look Ma, No Hands!
Feb 21, 2018
39
39
La Mesa, CA, USA
Schwinn serial number look up showed this :
Congrats! Your bike is an original Chicago Schwinn.
Unfortunately the serial number you entered was used twice by Schwinn meaning there are two possible dates for your bike...

Built: of or...

Built: 02/13 of 1957.

Thank you, that’s great info. I figured that caliper would be hard to find! Are both caliper and lever Schwinn stamped?
 

Oilit

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 30, 2015
937
Concord NC
Thank you, that’s great info. I figured that caliper would be hard to find! Are both caliper and lever Schwinn stamped?
Weinmann, a Swiss company, made the calipers and brake levers. Later ones used on the middleweights and lightweights were usually marked "Schwinn Approved", but the early ones I've seen were all marked "Weinmann" - "Made in Switzerland". The later brake levers will work, calipers for the middleweights look similar, but they're smaller and won't have enough reach. Not many balloon tire bikes ever used caliper brakes, so if you find some they're often pretty reasonable, but finding them is the catch.
As @GTs58 says, the serial number is only good for an approximate date, but it looks like this frame may have the "double loops" in the rear (separate mounting brackets for the rear fender and caliper) which was a characteristic of the early production models. But I have to say "may" because I can't see it well enough to be sure.
 
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