1977 Schwinn Volare

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kostnerave

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Oct 29, 2016
11
60
Austin, Tx.
Hi Everybody,
I'm searching for some information about my latest acquisition, a 1977 Schwinn Volare. The bike seems to be original except for tires,tubes and brake lever hoods(cane creek). I beleive these were made by Panasonic for Schwinn, using 531 Reynolds tubing. All of the components appear to be Shimano Dura-Ace throughout except for Sakae Custom bars, Sakae stem and a Sakae Royal seatpost. The pedals are KKT. Now some questions: Was this model a limited production run? If so, will the serial number stamped on the bottom of the bottom bracket shell give me a frame number? Is the bike fairly rare? Are there differences between the '77 and '78 models beside the use of a Crane rear derailleur on my bike instead of a Dura-Ace unit? Thank you for any help, as there just isn't alot of information available.

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GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Sep 2, 2012
11,084
Central Arizona
Impeccable example!

I don't think the serial number will give you any info other than an approximate time the frame was built. @Metacortex might be able to add some info on these.

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PfishB

Look Ma, No Hands!
Jan 22, 2018
32
59
Memphis, TN, United States
Very nice example you have. The Volare is a grail bike for some, I've only rarely seen them come up for sale.
 
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bricycle

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Nov 18, 2009
22,881
Chicago area west
That is simply beautiful!!
wonder if this was a tribute to the Plymouth Volare car as they were out at the time.
Volare car out in 1976... Schwinn offered 1977+78
 
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Tim s

Finally riding a big boys bike
Aug 13, 2012
135
Elkton, United States
Beautiful bike! I have read that Schwinn told Panasonic to build a bike equal to the Paramount and the Volare is what they built. I have 2 of them that I bought about 5 years ago and I continue to look for them on eBay, CL and at the 4-5 bike shows that I attend each year. I haven’t ever seen them at the bike shows and rarely see them on eBay anymore. Considering that they were only made for two years IMHO I would call them rare. The blue bike is a Paramount and the other two are Volaries. Tim

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kostnerave

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Oct 29, 2016
11
60
Austin, Tx.
Tim, Those are some beautiful bikes! Thank you for the added insight as to why Schwinn went to Panasonic for a Japanese version of the Paramount.
 
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