Finally riding a big boys bike
I have owned this bike for all but 45 years, now, as I bought it from a kid in Lancaster City, Pennsylvania after placing a wanted ad in the paper looking for an old Mark IV Jaguar. Paid a whopping $65.00 for in in July of 1978. I thought the kids eyes were going to pop out of his head. I don't think he ever saw that much money in his life up to that point. The bike was just dirty and missing only the rear rack and headlight. Other than that, it was all there. Even was still sitting on its original flat Westwinds at the time! That meant a lot to me. The mother of the kid asked me, are you sure you want to pay that much for the bike. I said yes because it was so original and relatively complete. That meant a lot to me as well. I convinced her to let her son keep the money. The bike was given to him by some other family member at some point. I can't remember who or when. I was 20 years old at the time. The kid who had the bike looked to be about 10-12 years old.