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1966 Violet Schwinn Collegiate

Submitted by on June 6, 2010 – 6:11 pm2 Comments

June 1966, to be more specific. One of the rarest of Schwinn colors, and rarely seen on men’s frames. I guess that guys just didn’t go for this color, but I love it.  My iphone photo doesn’t really do it justice.  I saw this bike today in an antique store down on Riverfront Blvd. (formerly Industrial) in the Dallas Design District:

I include it here mainly because I have literally never seen a Schwinn this color in real life, although I have desired one for quite some time, and drooled over them on ebay,, etc. When I saw it from a distance and realized that it was a violet Schwinn, my heart went all pitter-patter. Oh goodness! Unfortunately, though, the bike was in terrible shape. It literally had spots on it where the paint was worn away down to the bare silver metal frame. I think that someone at some point got rid of some surface rust on the paint by taking it down to the metal. It is also a 20 inch (small) frame and the guy wanted $125 for it.  The bike was all there, and could be a rider, albeit a bit of a beater. I tracked down the seller in this place, and tried to talk him down, but he wasn’t going for it.

I’m not sure what I would pay for it. $20? $30? They’re pretty rare.

What do you think?


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