Panther Forebrake?

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Boris

Fat tired old rider
Feb 16, 2008
12,790
Portland, OR 97206
I've been looking at images, and from what I see, it doesn't seem like '52-'53 Panthers came with forebrakes. Was this an option? I recently purchased a Panther with one, and I don't know if was original to the bike or if it was something one of the previous owners added on after the fact.
 

island schwinn

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
May 10, 2010
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Modesto,CA. 95355
The BFG Panther I sold came with the rim brake setup. I've seen a few with the rim style, but never a drum brake.
 

GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Sep 2, 2012
12,269
Central Arizona
Large and small flange expander brakes were an option on adult bikes thru 1954 and the large only in 55. Bout $7.30 extra.
 
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GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Sep 2, 2012
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Just a note in case you have something really odd. There were only middleweights in 1953.

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Boris

Fat tired old rider
Feb 16, 2008
12,790
Portland, OR 97206
Large and small flange expander brakes were an option on adult bikes thru 1954 and the large only in 55. Bout $7.30 extra.
Time for me to start figuring out these models from the early 50's. Thanks for helping me locate the catalog pages.
 

bobcycles

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Sep 30, 2006
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so cal beaches
I've seen my share of original Panthers crusty or barn fresh as found with drum brakes.
Not nearly as common as on Phantoms or B6 but it happens
 
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