The Schwinn Corvette
The Schwinn Corvette was made between 1954 to 1964 and then more recently reintroduced as a new (entirely different) bike in 2010.
This page provides year by year images and info quoted from Schwinn catalogs for the Corvette from 1954 to 1965.
The Corvette was presented to the world via this picture of a bike surrounded by a bunch of suits...
In 1955 the Corvette first found itself in a catalog. The 1955 Schwinn Catalog is gorgeous and provides us with great info and images. The Corvette was introduced and had boys and girls models...
Boys 26-inch Model F17
Most luxurious of the new middleweight models, with 3-speed gears, front and rear caliper brakes, stainless steel fenders, chrome headlight, whitewall tires and a handsome spring-type front luggage carrier on 26-inch models. Also available with coaster brake.
FRAME Boys middleweight cantilever, girls middleweight.
FORK Forged, narrow middleweight design.
REAR HUB 3-Speed or coaster brake.
BRAKES Front and rear calipers on 3-speed model; coaster brake only on coaster brake models
CARRIER Aluminum front carrier, spring-type (26-inch models only).
FENDERS Stainless steel.
TIRES Shwinn Tornado, 1.75” whitewall.
RIMS Schwinn tubular S7, chrome.
COLORS Opal red, blue or green; also black enamel.
Shipping Weight lbs.
BOYS GIRLS SIZE DESCRIPTION BOYS/GIRLS
F17 F67 26-inch Corvette 3- speed 60 58
F27 F77 24-inch Corvette 3- speed 49 1/2 49
F13 F77 26-inch Corvette (coaster brake) 59 58
F23 F73 24-inch Corvette (coaster brake) 47 1/2 47
The entire 1955 Schwinn bicycle catalog can be seen here
In 1956 the Corvette was already a popular bike, it would become very very popular in a couple years, but this is what was in the 1956 Schwinn catalog...
Schwinn Corvette - 3 speed gears
Finest of the new Schwinn Middleweights! Deluxe equipment includes 3 - speed gears, front and rear handbrakes, stainless steel fenders, whitewall 1.75" Schwinn Tornado tires. Handsome spring-type luggage carrier on 26 inch models only. Available in boys and girls 26 inch and 24 inch models in opalescent red, blue or green - also black enamel.
The above paragraph is a direct quote of the 1956 Schwinn catalog. Collectors and restorers should note a couple things from the image, the seat is leather tan with bar, not black and the handlebar grips are solid color with white lettering.
This year we get an actual photo from the Schwinn flyer that came out this year with celebrity Clint Walker, plus a drawing of the Corvette from the catalog...
The most obvious change for the 1957 Corvette is the seat. It is now a bi-color seat.
Corvette - Leader of the Middleweight Popularity Parade!
Sturmey-Archer 3-speed gears - Front and rear hand-brakes - Stainless steel fenders - Whitewall middleweight tires - Spring-type luggage carrier on all models - Boysand girls 26 inch and 24 inch models - Coaster brake availible at lower cost - colors: opalescent red, blue or green - and black enamel
My favorite year for Corvettes, and just about every other Schwinn model I like.
The Schwinn team really put things in high gear in 1959 with sweet accessories and stylish touches. 1959 is the year when the the famous "s" seats came out and during this year there was the very nice white handlebar grips with the teardrop colored in except for the "Schwinn" which was white.
The fancier chain guards came out this year. In short many of the beloved Schwinn details loved throughout the sixties actually started in 1959. They also published a wonderful catalog this year with large full color photos and great details about each Schwinn mode. Very nice.
Most popular middleweight--
The famous Corvette, designed and introduced by Schwinn, started a whole new style trend. It is now the most imitated bicycle in the world, often copied but never equaled. Features genuine Schwinn Cantilever frame, double hinged front carrier, stainless steel fenders, chrome hi-lo beam headlight, whitewall tires, Schwinn monogram reflector, choice of 3 speed with caliper brakes, 2 peed coaster brake or regular coaster brake.
Welcome to the sixties. The corvette continued to be popular, and was very much loved for its new details.
From the 1960 Schwinn catalog...
1960 SCHWINN CORVETTE
Most popular. Light, carrier. Stainless steel fenders.
26″ 2 or 3 speed …… $76.95
26″ coaster brake …. $66.95
24″ 2 speed …………. $73.95
24″ coaster brake …. $63.95
Famous Schwinn cantilever frame, deluxe equipment, spakling chrome trim, whitewall tires. Radiant red, blue, green, black; green in 26″ size only.
note- Collectors and restorers should note that this year this paint was changed to "radiant".
1961 SCHWINN CORVETTE
1962 SCHWINN CORVETTE
From the 1962 Schwinn catalog...Now the famous Schwinn Corvette is availible with new 5 speed derailler gears (illustrated) ... or with 3 speed, 2 speed or coaster brake models as before. A truly luxurious middleweight with many fine features Schwinn luxury features -
- Stury Schwinn cantilever frame
- New Schwinn Approved headlight
- Choice of Huret 5 speed derailler, 3 speed hub, automatic 2 speed or American made coaster brake
- Deluxe front carrier, whitewall tires
- Sparkling stainless fenders
- Deluxe rear reflector
- Colors: Radiant red,Radiant blue, Radiant green, black.
1963 SCHWINN CORVETTE
From the 1963 Schwinn catalog...
The quality model for 1963 ... A truly luxurious middleweight with many fine features... and a distinctively modern design that says, Go!Schwinn Quality Features
- Sturdy Schwinn cantilever frame
- Deluxe Schwinn Headlight
- Choice of 3 speed hub, automatic 2 speed or American made coaster brake
- Deluxe front carrier, nylon whitewall tires
- Sparkling stainless steel fenders
- Deluxe rear reflector
- Colors Radiant red, Radiant blue, radiant coppertone, black.
1964 SCHWINN CORVETTE
From the 1964 Schwinn catalog...Carrier - Aluminum luggage carrier... double hinged to hold books and packages. Saddle - Vinyl... foam cusioned... with chrome crash rail... cherome plated coil springs... comfortable.... built to last Headlight - Schwinn design... sturdy...with improved rotary switch... easy to turn on and off by turning dial. Pedals - Top quality... ball bearing construction... free spinning... long lasting Fenders - Stainless steel... rust resistant... long lasting beauty Tire - Whitewall... nylon... tough... resilient... water resisting (Corvette on right)
The bike design that sets the pace. Clean, crisp and loaded with extras. Double hinged carrier, stainless steel fenders, whitewall tires and Schwinn light. Flamboyant Red, Radiant Blue, Coppertone and black.
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