Shelby Guys... Need Help W/year Date Of Mfgr

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juanitasmith13

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Oct 6, 2015
938
71
Creve Coeur, Tazewell County, IL.
Attaching a www. found photo of a girls Shelby that has correct frame and headlamp,,, not sure about chain-wheel or guard. I do not have photo of exact bicycle.

Do have Serial Number: A91844. Please date this bike serial number for me...?

al shelby re-size.jpg
 

cds2323

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Nov 20, 2009
2,282
Lacota, Mi
There isn't a list to decode Shelby serial numbers. The bike you pictured is from the early fifties, 53 or so as it has parts seen on later/last Shelbys. The frame and light were seen late forties into the last Shelbys of the early fifties. If you get a picture of the actual bike will be able to tell more from the parts and paint on it.
 

Freqman1

Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline
Jul 14, 2009
19,294
Evans, GA
The bike shown above was mine that I sold about three or four years ago locally. These later bikes had a metal tag on the BB which normally had the two digit date stamped on it e.g. "53". You need to post a pic and if possible the metal tag. V/r Shawn
 

juanitasmith13

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Oct 6, 2015
938
71
Creve Coeur, Tazewell County, IL.
There isn't a list to decode Shelby serial numbers. The bike you pictured is from the early fifties, 53 or so as it has parts seen on later/last Shelbys. The frame and light were seen late forties into the last Shelbys of the early fifties. If you get a picture of the actual bike will be able to tell more from the parts and paint on it.
cds2323 and Freqman1; et al: Attaching a photo today. There is no Ser. No. tag [my '51 Shelby Flier has tag, so I am familiar], Owner says Serial Number given was stamped on BB; Owner says he thinks this is Shelby Airflow, this is only photo here which I have scanned.... Hoping this adds to discussion. Note appears front drop rear drop-outs... so, is this after AMF buy-out?
 

juanitasmith13

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Oct 6, 2015
938
71
Creve Coeur, Tazewell County, IL.
cds2323 and Freqman1; et al: Attaching a photo today. There is no Ser. No. tag [my '51 Shelby Flier has tag, so I am familiar], Owner says Serial Number given was stamped on BB; Owner says he thinks this is Shelby Airflow, this is only photo here which I have scanned.... Hoping this adds to discussion.
Als Shelby Airflow.jpg
 

juanitasmith13

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Oct 6, 2015
938
71
Creve Coeur, Tazewell County, IL.
cds2323 and Freqman1; et al: Attaching a photo today. There is no Ser. No. tag [my '51 Shelby Flier has tag, so I am familiar], Owner says Serial Number given was stamped on BB; Owner says he thinks this is Shelby Airflow, this is only photo here which I have scanned.... Hoping this adds to discussion.
Als Shelby Airflow.jpg
 

cds2323

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Nov 20, 2009
2,282
Lacota, Mi
I believe you're right. I'm fairly sure the rear dropouts did not change until after AMF acquired Shelby. The frame looks similar to the Shelby frame but has some subtle differences. See where upper rear stays meet the seat post and the bar connecting the lower two downtubes on the frame. Shows some CWC influence.
 
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