Here on Long Island, buying is Hit or Miss. I get lucky when sometimes, like with this 1941 Schwinn.
It had been on Craigslist for over a month at $250, and then slowly the price started coming down a little. I went to his house (back in January of 2019) to see it, and finalized the price at $125. Its been in my basement since, untouched.
I found out from fellow cabers that it has quite a few "one year only" parts on it. As of now, it's the oldest Schwinn I have.
after owning it for 15 hours I have decided the basket is too cool, along with those thin pinstripes so I will leave it like it is except get it riding and stopping as it should. just clean things up a bit, someone already did some cleaning. looks like they carried big rocks in the basket for the past 80 years.... I put a 1950 front fender on it I had that sort of matches. one tire went flat overnight.
under where the head badge was is a really cool blue. I bet this paint could buff back to that color, but there is no way to do it without destroying the pinstripes.