1958 Schwinn Corvette, tank bicycle,balloon,vintage Nr
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Sold Date: 04/02/2011
Channel: Online Auction
Category: Transportation and Vehicles
Up for auction is a 1958 Schwinn Corvette “resto-mod” bicycle.I began to put this bike together because I wanted a vintage beach cruiser (not a cheap reproduction) that was capable of doing longer rides and was able to keep up with my friends with newer, lighter bikes. The reality is that some of the classic balloon bicycle bikes are like pedaling a tank. This bike rides awesome.I call this a resto-mod because I started with an original Corvette Schwinn middleweight two speed and modified to be easier and more comfortable to ride(it is now a 5 speed). My goal was to accomplish this while trying to retain the overall look and quality of an original Schwinn Cruiser. Most modification were made using parts from original Chicago Schwinns or other high end parts. There has been over 1000 dollars spent on the rehab plus alot of time. Bike features include:Original Parts: 1958 Schwinn Corvette bicycle (started with a rust free original corvette). The bike has a two stage paint job. Clear coated with house of color clear. All decals have been clear coated over giving the bike a very clean finished look. The bike is painted sage green with antique white accents (not a stock schwnn color). Paint looks as it does in the picture. The paint is in great condition but there are few tiny chips here and there but nothing that really stand out. This is not a museum quality bike (it’s designed to be ridden) and does have small flaws to someone looking for perfection. But trust me this bike is very very nice condition. I see a lot of bikes advertised on ebay that claim to be museum quality or restored that don’t even come close. You can see the pictures so it’s best you be the judge. Original forks, front rack,fenders,chain guard(fender were in overall good shape but do have minor dings and some road rash as shown in pictures, they are in good shape for originals but definitely not perfect) Schwinn Front and rear brakes cleaned up and in great shape
Rechromed crank, pedals, kickstand, neck, Misc nuts, bolts ECT. polished badged,ect
Original s7 rims that have been rebuilt and modified to allow for gears. I took the original rims to Felix Bikes in Gardena for modification (so cal Schwinn expert). He took the original rims and rebuilt them using stainless steel spokes and original Chicago Schwinn hubs. He then added rear cassette. It looks as if it came stock with it
Original Schwinn parts (not original to Corvette)50’s original Schwinn tank and horn (horn not operational). Not a cheap reproduction tank Schwinn shifter
Aftermarket parts include:Brook honey b67 leather saddle (paid $120). Brooks is one of the top saddle makers in the world. This saddle makes the bike more comfortable while retaining a classic quality look. Cardiff Balmoral Grips (paid $55). Grips are stitched leather and ergonomic for longer rides. High quality and match the seat leather well. Other aftermarket parts include: new half moon bars, new seat post/clamp, new shimano rear derailleur. Reproduction phantom rack (nothing special). Used aftermarket Headlight (nothing special). Used reproduction pedals(nothing special. with surface rust. meant to replace). New bearings,chain,Misc nuts and bolts,cables,clamps ect
The bike rides beautifully and I hate to see it go but I’m almost done with a new project bicycle. (I have too many…need to make room) This bike gets a lot of attention wherever it goes and is a one of a kind. Please feel free to ask question but I would like to state that I am not a Schwinn expert (I am more of a Car gear head). I spend a lot of time building classic cars so I applied that to this bike. Any input from Schwinn fanatics are welcomed. THANKS FOR LOOKING ANDFor more pictures try this link: https:///109191420187043620853/Schwinn?authkey=Gv1sRgCInq6c34uoKBCg#
I reserve the right to end this auction early should the bike be sold local.
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