Rarely seen 1950s Continental Clubman (not mine)


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ccdc.1

Look Ma, No Hands!
Dec 11, 2010
26
33
Charleston, SC
#1
Happened upon on eBay this evening: a rarely-seen Continental Clubman model. Looks to be a match for the Clubman advertisement that has been out there on the web...first one I've seen in reality. Not connected to the sale at all, but it does appear to be original and in excellent condition. Priced accordingly, unfortunately, but a good specimen, and a likely affirmation of the details of the model: Brooks saddle, early "Made in Switzerland" engraved Weinmann sidepulls, GB alloy stem, unique (for Schwinn) crankset, etc. all seem correct. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Rare-Class...AOSwxmNdeFWA:sc:FedExHomeDelivery!29403!US!-1

Anybody seen another one to compare with?

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schwinnderella

Finally riding a big boys bike
Sep 21, 2009
374
255
Palatine, United States
#2
Never seen one anywhere except a picture in the brochure. About perhaps 10 years ago a couple of these surfaced on the old Schwinn forum causing a lot of excitement, but I believe they turned out to be fake. This one looks real to me.
 

rennfaron

Finally riding a big boys bike
Sep 19, 2018
138
96
Austin, Texas
#3
After looking at this again, the pinstriping design does not match up to the catalog image. It reminded me of a bike I saw on here a while back - https://thecabe.com/forum/threads/53-schwinn-continental-9-sp.87453/ - which has the same exact striping design. Downtube decal is a match as well. Everything else does seem to match up though...
 

SirMike1983

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jun 27, 2008
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2,711
United States
#5
There's this series of lightweights from the 1950s that appear in the catalogs but which almost never seem to turn up. In the early 1950s, the older style "New World" bikes from the 1940s went out and the newer series of World, World Varsity, and World Traveler came in. Above that level there were changes to the Continental line, which got new decorative stripes rather than the winged transfers. But at the same time, it seems like fewer Continentals were being made. We actually see many more of the 1940s Continentals with the wings turn up compared to these later ones with the stripes.

I think you may have found a real one there. That star crankset is uncommon. The gold paint is listed in the catalog and it has the odd, complex pin stripes. It's missing the Clubman transfer on the chainguard, but the equipment looks pretty good to me. Cable routing is different than the catalog, but then that goofy "underneath" rear cable route was something that Schwinn did use on many of its 3-speeds. Granted, this is the first I've seen turn up as well... and I've seen a lot of old Schwinn 3-speeds. Is there a backstory to this bike? It's really clean.
 
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Alan Brase

Look Ma, No Hands!
Feb 28, 2019
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70
70
Cedar Falls, Iowa, USA
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This appears to be the same slot, same equipment as a Superior. I think they stopped making New Worlds, and maybe Superiors around 1948 or 49? And then early 1960's Superiors reemerged.
This bike has obvious fillet brazing and no use of electro forging like the New World did. Also has the dagger front mudguard. Rather than the (may I call it "bacon slicer") like British motorcycles used for front number plate.
 

rennfaron

Finally riding a big boys bike
Sep 19, 2018
138
96
Austin, Texas
#8
Finally someone pulled the trigger. I was wondering when someone would do it. Too cool to pass up.

I am posting this here for record and to aid in search: 1955 Schwinn Gold Continental Clubman - 21" Frame - 3 Speed

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SirMike1983

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jun 27, 2008
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2,711
United States
#10
Big money for a 3-speed, but at least we've gotten to see one. I recall that green 9-speed variation on the CABE awhile back and it also was pretty unique. They would both be really good finds for the person who likes obscure, old Schwinn 3-speeds with fillet brazed frames. Hopefully someone here bought it and we can see it more.
 
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Alan Brase

Look Ma, No Hands!
Feb 28, 2019
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70
70
Cedar Falls, Iowa, USA
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Pretty sure they were built in "the cage" by the same few men that made Paramounts. Cheaper dropouts, slightly less expensive tubing, but for all intents damned near the same as a Paramount Tourist. Superb OE paint and striping on this one. Maybe rarer than a Paramount? They are still out there!
 

cyclingday

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Feb 24, 2008
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22,073
Costa Mesa, California. United States
#12
Big money for a 3-speed, but at least we've gotten to see one. I recall that green 9-speed variation on the CABE awhile back and it also was pretty unique. They would both be really good finds for the person who likes obscure, old Schwinn 3-speeds with fillet brazed frames. Hopefully someone here bought it and we can see it more.
The paint/color on this one was so perfectly suited for such a rare model.
I guess we could call it, the Gold Standard, for Schwinn Three Speeds.
 

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