Did Schwinn Corvette 1957 come with Torpedo 3 gang hub?

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CafeCruiser

Look Ma, No Hands!
I found a 1957 Schwinn Corvette with a Torpedo 3Gang hub in the rear wheel, is that correct? I’ve never seen that type of hub on a Schwinn.
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GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
I'll add to this thread since it has the pictures. The rim is stated as being an S-7 so the next question, is the Schwinn Tubular S-7 stamped off to one side of the rim or in the center? Reason I ask is, this 415 model Torpedo hub production was 1962 - 1984. I can't say if Schwinn used these much later down the road or not but I couldn't find any info or Schwinn examples equipped with the Torpedo hub, just the Schwinn Approved Austrian 3 speed hub during Sturmys issues. So the rear wheel or possibly just the hub has been swapped out. Also check your shifter to see if it's mated to the Torpedo hub or a different make hub.

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CafeCruiser

Look Ma, No Hands!
I'll add to this thread since it has the pictures. The rim is stated as being an S-7 so the next question, is the Schwinn Tubular S-7 stamped off to one side of the rim or in the center? Reason I ask is, this 415 model Torpedo hub production was 1962 - 1984. I can't say if Schwinn used these much later down the road or not but I couldn't find any info or Schwinn examples equipped with the Torpedo hub, just the Schwinn Approved Austrian 3 speed hub during Sturmys issues. So the rear wheel or possibly just the hub has been swapped out. Also check your shifter to see if it's mated to the Torpedo hub or a different make hub.

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I'll add to this thread since it has the pictures. The rim is stated as being an S-7 so the next question, is the Schwinn Tubular S-7 stamped off to one side of the rim or in the center? Reason I ask is, this 415 model Torpedo hub production was 1962 - 1984. I can't say if Schwinn used these much later down the road or not but I couldn't find any info or Schwinn examples equipped with the Torpedo hub, just the Schwinn Approved Austrian 3 speed hub during Sturmys issues. So the rear wheel or possibly just the hub has been swapped out. Also check your shifter to see if it's mated to the Torpedo hub or a different make hub.

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It does have the Torpedo shifter and cables. Also the Tubular S7 markings are stamped in the center of the rim.
 

Oilit

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
In the late '50's Schwinn fitted some of their 3 speeds with the Sturmey-Archer SW hub, a design which was supposed to replace the AW but proved to have problems. This could have been a replacement for an unreliable SW.
 

CafeCruiser

Look Ma, No Hands!
In the late '50's Schwinn fitted some of their 3 speeds with the Sturmey-Archer SW hub, a design which was supposed to replace the AW but proved to have problems. This could have been a replacement for an unreliable SW.
Thanks Oilit for sharing.
 

SirMike1983

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
'57 would have been right during the problem years of the Sturmey SW hub. It was revised several times because it was apparent fairly quickly that the floating crescent pawl design wasn't working well. Even after a couple of revisions, the problems continued into 1958. I would guess this was to replace a problematic SW hub.
 

GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
'57 would have been right during the problem years of the Sturmey SW hub. It was revised several times because it was apparent fairly quickly that the floating crescent pawl design wasn't working well. Even after a couple of revisions, the problems continued into 1958. I would guess this was to replace a problematic SW hub.

Since the model 415 Torpedo hub wasn't available until 1962 it was a much later replacement by some owner and not a factory equipped item. I've also seen Brampton 3 speed hubs on a few 50's middleweights.
 
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