Identify my J.C. Higgins


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Rivnut

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Nov 24, 2012
825
512
Shawnee, United States
#2
In the "Classic Ballon Tire ..." forum there is a thread titled the 'Murray Serial Number Project" in which there are lists and comments that will help you identify your bike. The thread is not pinned so youll have to scroll down to find it. The last post was made around the first of June.

In your serial numbers, the MOD 502 indicates the bike is a JC Higgins / Sears ( not sure which year the name was changed to Sears.)

The MOS is for Murray of Ohio Supply and the U will identify the year. The 4544X will tell you the model. Once you figure out the year, find a Sears catalog and look at the catalog number that matches. That number was used for sales, parts, and service,

Enjoy your hunt.

Ed
 

GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Sep 2, 2012
10,386
9,077
Central Arizona
#3
Looks to be MOS-U, which I have as 1955. From what I've seen, JC Higgins didn't offer a full, flashy deluxe model in 1955. It could have been due, in part, to the strikes at the Murray factory which caused much of the manufacturing year to be outsourced to Austria.

1954 was the last year the Colorflow was offered, and 1956 introduced the Jetflow. So I think this may have been the most deluxe available for '55. They possibly offered it with a light and springer, though. Can anybody confirm this? I can't locate a 1955 Sears catalog to check.
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GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Sep 2, 2012
10,386
9,077
Central Arizona
#4
56 looks like the same model as 55. Finest J.C. Higgins fully equipped. Only one with a springer.
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Adamtinkerer

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Sep 8, 2008
3,627
621
Western North carolina
#6
Yes, U is 1955, There's an additional S in the code on Sears bikes, not shown on this list.
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Archie Sturmer

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Jun 13, 2018
770
679
Los Angeles, CA, USA
#7
1955 Spring and Summer catalog; model # 4544 looks to be the top one, similar to fully equipped - for that year, but with De luxe accessories. What a difference a year makes (on paper) for accessories, chainguard, light, rack, tank.
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