Looking for help via a 1953 CWC Roadmaster Catalog


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TieDye

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#21
The catalog I have looks to be the same one that @szathmarig posted, but it does have "AMF" on the cover.

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Awesome!!!!! Thank you!!! I was about 100% sure it was AMF information. If you search for my post about needing info on 53 PL and LL models, and read it, you'll see what all I am working on with this CWC/AMF transition. It did not happen in April 1951. It happened most likely in late 1953 in the H serial numbers. That's when these began having AMF decals, badges, changes, etc.
 

Oilit

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Dec 30, 2015
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#22
Awesome!!!!! Thank you!!! I was about 100% sure it was AMF information. If you search for my post about needing info on 53 PL and LL models, and read it, you'll see what all I am working on with this CWC/AMF transition. It did not happen in April 1951. It happened most likely in late 1953 in the H serial numbers. That's when these began having AMF decals, badges, changes, etc.
That makes sense. Even if the purchase was 1951, it would have taken time for changes to start appearing on the production bikes. I think Phil said in one of his posts that the 1954 Flying Falcon was the first new Roadmaster produced under AMF.
 
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TieDye

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Aug 24, 2015
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Henderson, MI, United States
#23
The catalog I have looks to be the same one that @szathmarig posted, but it does have "AMF" on the cover.

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I was about 100% sure that this catalog was AMF all the way. That's when they changed the men's tank painting design. The CWC 1953 and a few years earlier had the paint divisions like my husband's '53. This AMF change here above also shows the men's bikes with red seats and grips, which I think is the first time for the red seat, correct? Also, interestingly, the ladies bikes don't show a ot of changes. I noticed the biggest obvious difference from my CWC ladies PL is that the AMF has 2 red pinstripes on the chainguard, whereas my CWC only had white pinstripes on the chainguard with the Roadmaster decal, no red at all. And, you see that same red pinstripe difference on the men's AMF bikes too, as well as the dual white and red fender pinstripes. My ladies 1953 CWC PL does have the white and red fender pinstripes. With my ladies having G917** they were obviously almost to the H serial numbers, so mine got the double pinstripe fenders. I am strongly thinking my suspicion is correct--that at serial numbers starting with H in 1953, were FULL AMF bikes. And, yes, I had heard before that the 54 Flying Falcon was AMF's first model.
 
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Oilit

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Dec 30, 2015
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Is there a year on the back cover anywhere? @Oilit
I don't see a year anywhere in this catalog. But it shows the "Whippet" and it doesn't show the Flying Falcon, so I don't believe it's any later than 1953. And the model number for every bike starts with "C". I have another catalog from 1959 which does show the year, and the model numbers all start with "J", (As Phil notes in his list, they evidently skipped "I") so AMF must have been pretty consistent with that system.
 
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