Help identifying Firestone Deluxe Speed Cruiser

Discussion in 'Middleweight Bicycles' started by JonB, Jul 8, 2017.

  1. #1 Posted Jul 8, 2017

    On Training Wheels

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2017
    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    30114
    IMG_0619.JPG IMG_0620.JPG IMG_0621.JPG IMG_0622.JPG IMG_0623.JPG IMG_0624.JPG IMG_0625.JPG IMG_0626.JPG IMG_0627.JPG IMG_0628.JPG IMG_0629.JPG IMG_0630.JPG IMG_0631.JPG IMG_0633.JPG IMG_0635.JPG IMG_0636.JPG IMG_0637.JPG IMG_0638.JPG I picked this up yesterday. It was kept indoors as a showroom display piece. Very dusty, but otherwise it's in great shape.

    I don't know much about Firestone bikes & was hoping to find out more information as to the year & manufacturer. Pictures are attached. Here's what I know so far from looking at the bike:

    - Firestone deluxe speed cruiser
    - Serial #D129795 stamped on dropout. Nothing stamped on bottom bracket
    - 26x1.75 Firestone Speed Cushion Tires
    - Bendix red band coaster break

    Any information would be appreciated.

    Thanks
     
    Oilit and Adamtinkerer like this.
  2. #2 Posted Jul 8, 2017

    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2008
    Messages:
    3,161
    Likes Received:
    325
    Location:
    Western North carolina
    It's Snyder built, makers of Rollfast. I've seen Firestone ads from '58-9 with Snyder bikes. I believe the red band hub began production in '61. And Snyder introduced a smaller, angular chain guard in '63. There's no known serial info for those bikes after the mid '50s, so that's about as close as one can get, unless you found a vintage dated ad or flyer. I have a similar bike, but with a chromed frame.