Vintage Bicycle Appraisal Tips : Vintage Muscle Bicycle Value

Vintage Bicycle Appraisal Tips : Vintage Muscle Bicycle Value


So what makes a muscle bike valuable? Well,
one thing is to talk about what a muscle bike is. A lot of people call them stingrays but
that’s like Kleenex, it’s not really a generic term but it’s used generically. A muscle bike
would generally be made from the early 1960’s up until the mid 1970’s. Here I have two Schwinn’s
again cause they’re very popular, they’re both Schwinn Sting-Rays. If I had to say pick
out one thing that makes a muscle bike, one muscle bike more valuable than another. It’s
going to be this, having a stick shift shifter. These appeared on the scene around the mid
60’s and I think it was 1975 or 1973, I’m sorry they were outlawed and after that you
couldn’t buy a bike that had this stick shift so if you find a bike that has one of these
stick shifts it’s going to make it more valuable. This bike we just got this in, haven’t touched
it yet, the silk screening on the chain guard is good, it’s definitely the original chain
guard to the bike. It’s got the mag style sprocket and the chrome which is supposed
to be exposed on this chain guard is exposed and it looks really good. This other bike,
it’s got some chips. That’s OK, were not really worried about that but it does have some big
flaws. First one is and I didn’t notice this when I purchased it, you could tell the chain
guard, the color doesn’t quite match and another thing if you look closely you could see someone
has rubbed something out here. This chain guard was from a girls bike and girls bikes
are generally not as valuable as boys bikes. Somebody took the chain guard off that bike
and put it on this bike and then compounded out the word, you can almost still read it
Fair Lady. This was from a girl’s bike called a Schwinn Sting-Ray Fair Lady. So I kind of
I didn’t see that when I bought it.

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