I noticed that Nick claims the original color to be black.
Obviously, the paint we can see is not original.
Have you seen this bike in person, Nick?
Is there original black paint under the over paint?
If so, an original black and silver or red Aerocycle would be really cool to see.
It seems like a natural color combination, especially since Schwinn had so much black paint on hand, that I don't see why they wouldn't of painter some this way.
Definitely a valuable bike for sure, but don't forget, original finish is everything it seems these days, and restored bikes are practically the kiss of death, unless you have one of three guys in the country do the restoration which will not be cheap, but the only way to go if you were to go that route.
An original tail light will run upwards of one to two thousand dollars or more if you can find one.
I'm thinking, to make this baby whole again and looking the way it should, you're talking at least 4 grand.
And that is probably a minimum.
Of course you could go cheesy, but this is not the type of bike you cheese out on.
I've seen badly restored Aerocycles, and the first response is always, wow! It's too bad the guy didn't get that right, or it would look pretty good if it wasn't for the clear coat.
Have it done right, or not at all!
But, with that said, congratulations on the exciting find.
There's nothing wrong with riding it just the way you found it.
It's unique, that's for sure, and if there is original black paint under there, then you've got a reall y fun project to work on.
That black and orange Roadmaster Supreme that showed up at the CWC ride was covered in black and red paint.
Now look at it!
The owner did an outstanding job preserving that beauty's original paint, and as far as anyone knows, it's the only original paint black and orange one around.