Details about Vintage 1954 Schwinn Jaguar 3 speed balloon tire bicycle bike mint green rat rodVintage 1954 Schwinn Jaguar 3 speed balloon tire bicycle bike mint green rat rod See original listing
Aug 19, 2012 14:59:35 PDT
Madison,WI, United States
This auction is for a Vintage 1954 Schwinn Jaguar balloon tire bicycle. This bike has been repainted an exceptional mint green. The green in places is scratched/marred off. The headbadge on the bike is in ok shape - its got its issues, like the mint green, but its original. Even though the paint is a little light, this Jaguar is fairly solid. The bike hasn't been tuned up, so it will need a full mechanical tune-up, several spokes need replacing, and it would be best to repack/overhaul all the bearings and replace the cables and housing.
Where the frame is missing paint, you will find some surface rust. The fenders do have several dents, dings, scratches, and are a little chewed on the ends - also showing some rust. The wheels are out of true and need several spokes. . The chainguard is in good shape, with the exception of of the mint green paint.
Overall, it needs some work, but its mostly there. Needs the full tune. Would be a fun rider when the mechanicals are done - and a different color. Not sure if the old color can be brought back.
The cable housing covers are a nice touch, but the covers are on the truss rods - its a little too much of the green/white covers.
The Jaguar was an interesting bike as its based off the Phantom bicycle, but the addition of a 3 speed drivetrain, rim brakes, and no tank/rear rack. Also, no springer fork.
Missing - front fender light. (most likely was the Delta Ray fender light).
Serial number placement on the non-drive dropout.
Made in Chicago, IL, in November between the 3rd and 4th, 1953. The rear hub dates to 1954.
The serial number dates this bike to several different years - 1952, 1953 (54), and 1957.
Color: mint green
Seat Tube -18.5"
Top Tube - 22.5"
Stand-over Height - about 31"
Seatpost - original steel
Saddle - original springer saddle with the bumpers, in good shape with only a few rips (repaired), top is starting to crack, Marked with a Schwinn logo on the back of saddleshifter - Sturmey Archer 3 speed trigger
Crankset - steel 1 piece crankset with 4 circle design Schwinn chainring
Pedals - block style pedals from schwinn, they look too new to be original
hubs - Sturmey Archer 3 speed AW rear hub (marked 1954), front hub is a Schwinn script
rims - chromed S2 rims, showing rust and scratches, needs spokes and truing, and lots of steel wool
tires - whitewall balloon tire, 26 x 2.125, Goodyear All Weather tires in good shape
Serial #C59849 (on the non-drive rear dropout)
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