Rare Flamingo Spotted in December


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bikemonkey

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1977 Suburban in Flamingo.

Was told the color was only in the line for about 6 months due to its "popularity". If that's not true, I'm sticking with it anyway as I try to never let the truth get in the way of a good factoid. :)

Stocked with the earliest version of the Shimano FFS, it uses a standard cable and functions fine.

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A few more photos here - no before/after.
 
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Metacortex

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1977 Suburban in Flamingo.

Was told the color was only in the line for about 6 months due to its "popularity". If that's not true, I'm sticking with it anyway as I try to never let the truth get in the way of a good factoid. :)
That is *mostly* true, here are the details: A June 1977 dealer "News Flash" bulletin indicated that due to poor sales the Flamingo and Canary colors were to be discontinued in July 1977 upon re-opening the factory after the annual summer shutdown, and a 2nd ed. catalog was to be issued in mid-July showing the color changes. However, that bulletin also stated that orders for those discontinued colors would be honored through mid-August 1977. In addition a July 1977 bulletin pointed out an error in the 2nd ed. catalog still listing Flamingo as an option on the Ladies' Varsity and stated that Schwinn would fulfill orders of that model in Flamingo all the way through the end of the year.
 

bikemonkey

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Jun 25, 2016
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That is *mostly* true, here are the details: A June 1977 dealer "News Flash" bulletin indicated that due to poor sales the Flamingo and Canary colors were to be discontinued in July 1977 upon re-opening the factory after the annual summer shutdown, and a 2nd ed. catalog was to be issued in mid-July showing the color changes. However, that bulletin also stated that orders for those discontinued colors would be honored through mid-August 1977. In addition a July 1977 bulletin pointed out an error in the 2nd ed. catalog still listing Flamingo as an option on the Ladies' Varsity and stated that Schwinn would fulfill orders of that model in Flamingo all the way through the end of the year.
You have the most excellent information. Thank you for your time and expertise!
 

bikemonkey

Wore out three sets of tires already!
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I have the ladies listed on CL here in Charlotte - I have a guy coming on Thursday for a look-see.:sunglasses:

I also have a dusty crusty rusty Flamingo mens 24" Suburban with FFS that is in the clean-up queue. It has the stiff wire derailleur but the wire still moves freely thank god...

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I wasn't sure at first it was 'mingo until I wiped a bit of dust off..

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Edit: Schwinn499 posted the correct color as Burgundy Mist.
 
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Schwinn499

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I have the ladies listed on CL here in Charlotte - I have a guy coming on Thursday for a look-see.:sunglasses:

I also have a dusty crusty rusty Flamingo mens 24" Suburban with FFS that is in the clean-up queue. It has the stiff wire derailleur but the wire still moves freely thank god...

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I wasn't sure at first it was 'mingo until I wiped a bit of dust off..

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Its not, its Burgundy.
 
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