Shelby Serial Number Project

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RMS37

I live for the CABE
Oct 7, 2007
1,752
Ryderwood, United States
A recent post:

http://www.thecabe.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=5236

turned up an unusual frame that was most likely produced by Shelby. This brought to light another essentially identical frame. Both frames have serial numbers and the two numbers are not in exactly the same pattern nor numerically close. I have examined a couple more Shelby frames and recorded the numbers with the idea that, like the CWC serial number project, it may be possible to build a data base that would be helpful for dating Shelby bicycles.

I?m running between several objectives today so I thought I would start a thread for collecting serial numbers for Shelby built bicycles and then add some more content when I have a chance.
 

JRE

I live for the CABE
Sep 8, 2008
1,280
Milwaukie, Oregon
Awsome Phil. I'll be going to My Storage unit this weekend and will get the Serial # off my 37 Shelby Airflow and both of my Shelby Flying clouds that had 1939 Dated Morrow hubs on them.
 

sacphatrider

On Training Wheels
Aug 23, 2009
8
Sacramento, CA
Please see two Shelby bike pics & serial #s entered this discussion forum last September 6. The prewar Flyer: X 19251 and the Flying Cloud: A 98352 53w (w circled). both s/n are stamped bottom of crank housing. Replies in forum determined flyer was 1940 "or there about". The Cloud a 1953 due to circled 53w. Good luck with the Shelby project!
 
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JCpresto

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Just tracked down the numbers on a shelby here

1053- I assume 10/1953 ?

227400
 

Rustafari

Finally riding a big boys bike
Mar 4, 2013
211
SoCal
Hi guys,
I know this is an old thread but I was hoping someone could help me figure out what year this frame was built. The head badge says “Eagle”. I still have the original forks, but they have a stem broken off down inside the steer tube, so I put a Monark springer on it. :D

Anyway, in reading the posts above, it looks like there used to be some photos in this thread, but they seem to be gone now.

Any help is appreciated.
Thanks.

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wolfmanradio

'Lil Knee Scuffer
May 26, 2013
12
San Diego, California
I have an Eagle just like yours, but the one that I have is much more crusty. Serial number is N297178. Not sure if that helps any. I just guessed that mine's like a '36.
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fat tire trader

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Oct 29, 2010
3,865
San Quentin, California
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I have two Airlflow frames in my garage right now. One has the drop stand ears. Its number is 13929.

The other one does not have the drop stand ears. It has two numbers on the bottom bracket shell. They are V393 and N289710.

I have an ad from 37 that shows a bike without the drop stand ears.
 

rbgolf01

Look Ma, No Hands!
Jan 3, 2015
45
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So here's my serial....B75453..shelby flying cloud . I'm Curious On the Year As I Dig Into THIS build
 
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keith kodish

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jan 21, 2016
2,129
58
oxnard shores,ca.
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orig 1936 shelby traveler,model 24,serial number starts with the letter n. I know the triple stepped rims,torrington deco neck,and squarish badge were phased out in 1937ish. Also,the deep MacCauley fenders were introduced in 36,phasing out the triple stepped/rain gutter fenders,too. Hope this helps.
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THEGOLDENGREEK

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
May 9, 2012
2,716
Earth
I came across this in an old bicycle book several years ago that I bought. I have no clue if this is accurate or not but I'd figure I'd share this on this post it may help date these Shelby bicycles which are hard to date!!
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Freqman1

Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline
Jul 14, 2009
19,573
Evans, GA
I came across this in an old bicycle book several years ago that I bought. I have no clue if this is accurate or not but I'd figure I'd share this on this post it may help date these Shelby bicycles which are hard to date!!
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Based on what I've seen the "R-S-T" were more '38-40/41? letters so this list is immediately suspect to me. V/r Shawn
 

THEGOLDENGREEK

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
May 9, 2012
2,716
Earth
Like I said Shawn I'm no expert on Shelbys at all and thought this paper might help you guys out a bit in decoding these Shelby bicycles!!
 

Freqman1

Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline
Jul 14, 2009
19,573
Evans, GA
Thanks George. I think there is still a lot of work to be done on the Shelby serial number project. It actually surprises me that we aren't further along than we are! V/r Shawn
 
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slick

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Apr 1, 2010
4,658
Modesto,Ca.
Well, i posted up a thread offering up all of my knowledge to start a serial number thread but nobody responded so......?

I am one of only a few that knows the ins and outs of Shelbys.
 

dougfisk

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jun 24, 2008
3,040
under a rock
Based on recollection - that list does not work at all for what I have observed.

I have never tried writing down what I have observed for analysis... but I have not noticed any correlation or trend with regard to dating in that letter code that everyone wants to work... because it works for other manufacturers. I have wondered if the letter code might be series or model related or something else, and not related to year of mfg at all...
 
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jginn1704

On Training Wheels
Jun 23, 2020
2
22
Baltimore, Ohio
I am working at a museum with a small bike collection. As best I can figure out, one of our bikes is a mid-1930s Shelby frame, sold by Eagle. Was wondering if anyone here had any updates or information that might help me narrow down more specifics on this. Thanks!
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Freqman1

Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline
Jul 14, 2009
19,573
Evans, GA
I am working at a museum with a small bike collection. As best I can figure out, one of our bikes is a mid-1930s Shelby frame, sold by Eagle. Was wondering if anyone here had any updates or information that might help me narrow down more specifics on this. Thanks!
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Sounds about right. What is the serial number? V/r Shawn
 
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