1941, H63906, NOT, Wire Front & Back, NO BO parts, Rear Dropouts
Originally had a SA 3sp, quadrant shifter, Front & Rear calipers. I have the 1941 SA 3sp, the quadrant shifter and front brakes. Blue with gold pinstriping; but the PS is gone. Missing one rear fender brace and rear caliper. They probably took the rear caliper off when they pout the ND hub on it. Rims didn't have tires on them so any writing inside is gone. I do have wartime tires so I can see if they are the same size.
That isn’t my white Racer. It was one I was looking at buying. Not sure if it sold.We've been looking at these weird hand stamped 1940 bikes a lot. @GTs58 and I have been talking about why there could be a couple of different serial numbering operations on the same line of bikes. In 1940 we have seen both machine stamped New Worlds like this:
and hand stamped New Worlds like this (especially weird VERY far right 0 and small D):
The realization we came to recently is that it looks like all the hand stamped frames we've seen with the letter then 4 digits, have the smaller bottom bracket (BB) that works with the 3 piece crank. The BB on the machine stamped frames is larger and works with the 1 piece dog leg cranks. There had to be two different lines working on these bikes. The hand stamped bikes are always much better equipped bikes with 3 speed hubs etc. or Racers. I can imagine the guys building these bikes were taking more time than the guys on the line building the more mass produced tourist bikes.
This also helps to explain how @vincev 's bike could have gotten such an odd I serial stamp in 1940. What was that hand stamp guy drinking the night before? If you're doing it by hand, a lot more "variation" can creep in.
@s1b 's hand stamped serial is nuts too with the C covered with a sideways 0:
What do you guys think?