Shelby / Hiawatha airflow stuff?


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Nov 5, 2017
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I believe that the first Arrow shelby built for Gambles was fall 39 same as the Speigal airman was released for xmas 1939. They were department store contract built to supplement the sales of the speedline airflow . At one time i had Shelby memos talking about Speigal marketing but Hiawatha and Gambles i never found any info on the arrow or a catalog showing it. I believe John Atkinson is the owner of that literature and memo collection i got from Kim in the early 90’s . Be interesting to find the boys tank and frame because I am not sure I ever saw a boys Hiawatha Arrow original with that guard or rack although I will confess to switching them to matching original paint ones on mens. Most had the flat rack and safety bike style rack which was a 41 shelby. I once had a original arrow with a safety bike basket rack that i believe was bought at the time the bike was so either it was still being made in 41 or the rack was added in 41. I ve had many girls arrows with matching original big rack/guard so I am sure that is what had constituted the switching of the rack and guard throughout the years of the hobby. If there was a girls built that way there must have been a boys also.
 
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