The Schwinn Stingray


The original Schwinn Stingray was made between 1963 to 1981. This page provides year by year images and information quoted from Schwinn catalogs. Here is how Schwinn described the Stingray bicycle...

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STING-RAY THE BIKE THAT CHANGED CYCLING
Sting-Ray,known as "the bike with the sports car look" has revolutionized cycling since it was introduced by Schwinn in 1963. It has won the praise and captured the imagination of youngsters of all ages across the U.S.A. This is the fun bike that features a short frame, high rise handlebars and long, bucket shaped saddle. This design gives the rider an exciting combination of features for quick maneuvers, fast starts and short radius turns.

1963

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The Stingray was introduced through the sales ad to the right.
Little did Schwinn know then that they were introducing what would become a wildly popular bike that would sell like wildfire. The Schwinn Sting-ray became Schwinns best selling bikes alost overnight. Its dramatically different design was new fresh and modeled after the way many kids were refiting and customizing their own bikes in southern California. California kids had started to take old 20-inch bicycles and customize them into motorcycle looking sport bikes. They were replacing the factory seats and handlebars and using instead "Solo Polo" or "banana" seats and tall "butterfly" type bars. This California fad was noticed by Al Fritz the director of research and development for Schwinn, and he reacted very quickly, making a prototype that was mostly laughed at by the Schwinn upper management. They wouldn't laugh long... the entire first production run sold out in a matter of months and they were not able to make more because of supply problems with the tires. Over 45,000 bikes were sold in just a couple of months after they were introduced. Obviously Schwinn spent the rest of that year making enough Sting-rays for the next year, when sales become even larger.
Below you will find the images and text from vintage Schwinn catalogs for every year that the Stingray was produced.

1964

1964 was the first year that the Schwinn Stingray appeared in a Schwinn catalog. It was placed on the back cover. The green bike in the middle is the Schwinn Sting-ray...

1964 Schwinn Sting-ray

The bicycle with the sports car look. Highly maneuverable ...... short turning radius ... quick response on starts. Equipped with 20' frame,high traction studded baloon rear tire, butterfly hand- dlebars, Solo-Polo saddle. Flamboyant Lime, Red, Radiant Coppert- one,Sky Blue or Violet.
J38 Sting-Ray ....................$49.95

Schwinn QUALITY FEATURES
FRAME Schwinn Cantilever frame...sturdy...compact 20" frame size for extra strength.
SADDLES Solo-Polo... with truss rods..foam cushioned...roomy...comforta- table.
HANDLEBARS Butterfly style...chrome plated.
TIRES Studded rear tire...high traction for quick response on starts... standard middleweight front tire.
RIMS Schwinn tubular rims...shock absorbent...wear-resistant.
FORK Drop-forged...stronger...harder...longer lasting.
NO. SIZE DESCRIPTION NET SPHG. ZONE1 WEIGHT WEIGHT PRICE J38-6 20 Sting-Ray, American-made Coaster Brake 35 1/2 42 1/2 $49.95
COLORS: Flamboyant Lime, Radiant Coppertone, Sky Blue or Terra Cotta.

J-38 STING-RAY The fun bike with the sports car look.

trade retail price in fair States. Suggested price in all other states.Prices and specifications subject to change without notice.

Part numbers

STING-RAY EQUIPMENT SPECIFICATIONS J38-6 FRAME 1940-A NAMEPLATE 9175-K DECAL-SEAT MAST 9357-E DECAL FRAME 9355 KICKSTAND ASSEMBLY 8340-F FORK 2008 HEAD BEARING SET 2576 CAP 2601 CHAINGUARD 5823 CRANK 6006 PEDALS 6519 SPROCKET,FRONT 6306-A FRONT WHEEL HUB 4858 SPROCKET,REAR 18 SPOKES 3703 RIM 3923 TIRE 3065 HANDLEBAR STEM 7522 HANDLEBAR 7877 HANDLEBAR BRIPS 7952 SADDLE 7023 SEAT POST 7208 REFLECTOR ASSEMBLY 9738 ARNOLD,SCHWINN & CO. SEE SCHWINN PARTS AND ACCESSORIES 1718 N. KILDARE.CHICAGO,ILL.60639 CATALOG FOR DESCRIPTION OF PART NUMBERS SHOWN ABOVE. JANUARY,1964

1965

In 1965 the Schwinn Sting-ray was already their most popular bike. Here is what was in the 1965 Schwinn catalog...

1965 Schwinn STING-RAY

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The original Sting-Ray. The Bike design that became an overnight sensation across America. Now with black SLIK rear time, Sting-Ray saddle with truss rods,Sting-Ray saddle with truss rods,Sting-Ray handle bars, Schwinn tubular rims. Flamboyant Lime, Radiant Copertone Sky Blue or Violet.

J38 Sting-Ray, coaster brake.....$49.95
J38 Sting-Ray, 3 speed...........57.95
J38 Sting-Ray, 2 speed coaster with front caliper brake......59.95

For sheer fun... one ride on a genuine Sting-Ray will explain why so many choose it. No other bike pedals so easily, turns so quickly, respond with sucj thrilling getaway speed....it's the "Sports Car" bike!

1965 schwinn stingray dealer catalog

1966

THERE IS ONLY ONE GENUINE STING-RAY AND IT'S MADE BY SCHWINN!

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1966 SCHWINN STING-RAY

2-speed,3-speed or coaster brake The original Sting-Ray--- the bike that set the style! Sting-Ray handlebars,Silver Glow saddle with chrome brace rods,SLIK rear tire , Radiant Coppertone,Sky Blue,Violet.
J38-6 sting-Ray,coaster brake...$51.95
J38-4 sting-Ray,3-speed..........61.95
J38-1 Sting-Ray 2-speed overdrive..........61.95

J-38 STING-RAY
Schwinn QUALITY FEATURES
FRAME Schwinn cantilever frame...sturdy...compact...extra strong.
SADDLES Silver Glow saddle...with truss rods...streamlined design for easier pedaling action.
HANDLEBARS Sting-Ray handlebars...chrome plated.
TIRES Silk black rear tire...same style as used on racing cars...,more road surface than any othre tire...standard middleweight front tire.
RIMS Schwinn tubular rims...schock absorbent...wear-resistant.
FORK Drop-forged...strong...harder...long lasting.
J38-6 20" Sting-Ray,coaster brake 35 42 *$51.95 *$53.95 *$54.95
J38-6 20" Sting-Ray,2speed overdrive 36 1/2 431/2 *$61.95 *$63.95 *$64.95
J38-6 20" Sting-Ray,3speed 36 1/2 431/2 *$61.95 *$63.95 *$64.95
COLORS: Radiant Coppertone,Sky Blue,Violet
*fair trade retail price in Fair Trade States. Suggested price in all other states. Prices and specifications subject to change without notice.

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1967

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1967 SCHWINN STING-RAY

The action bike for extra fun! Now with Schwinn Fatback handlebars, Silver Glow bucket saddle, chrome brace rods,Slik rear tire,standard 20" x 1 3/4 " front tire,3-speed model equipment with new Stik-Shift,or trigger control, Handbrakes on 3-speed model only colors: Coppertone,Sky Blue, Violet.
J38-6 20" STING-RAY,coaster brake.......$49.95
J38-1 20" STING-RAY,2speed overdrive.....59.95
J38-4 20" STING-RAY,3speed with trigger control................59.95
J38-3 20" STING-RAY,3speed Stik-Sift.....66.95

THERE IS ONLY ONE GENUINE STING-RAY AND ITS MADE BY SCHWINN

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The Fun-Bike that added new zest to cycling! Since its introduction in 1963,the Schwinn sting-Ray has captured the hearts and imagination of youngsters from Maine to Hawaii. This bike "the bike with the sports car look," features a short frame,high rise handlebars and long,bucket shaped saddle. This design gives the rider an exciting combination of features for quick maneuvers,fast starts and short turns.
A new lightweight Sting-Ray,called the Fatback ,was introduced in 1966 and quickly became the market's best seller. This 5-speed lightweight version of the Sting-Ray ,combines the speed of a lightweight with the meaneuverability of the Stin-Ray___ then adds 5-speed derailleur gears and a fast-acting Stik-Shift to achieve a wonderful new thrill in bike riding. For distance runs,for short hops, or for fun riding, the Schwinn Fastback is simply great! And now for 1967, ther's a brand new one-the Ram's Horn-with the same thrilling performance and sportly new styling. Test ride one today!

ONLY A SCHWINN RIDES LIKE A SCHWINN!

1968

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1968 Schwinn Stingray

STING-RAY BIKES FOR BOYS Excitement is a Sting-Ray! And now there are many thrilling new StingRays to choose from. Every model is a true fun bike. Designed to give the rider a stirring combination of features for quick maneuvers,fast starts and short turns.

The action bike extra fun! Quality equipped with bucket style Sting-Ray saddle, Chrome brace rods,Slik rear tire,20" x 1 3/4 front tire. Patented stik-shift and handbrake on 3 speed model.Single handbrake on 2-speed. COLORS:Campus Green,COppertone,Sky blue. J38-6 20" COASTER BRAKE.....$51.95
J38-1 20" 2-SPEED OVERDRIVE...$63.95
J38-3 20" 3-SPEED STIK SHIFT..$69.95

1969

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1969 Schwinn Stingray

SCHWINN STING-RAY THE BIKE THAT CHANGED CYCLING
Sting-Ray,known as "the bike with the sports car look," has revolutionized cycling since its introduction be SCHWINN in 1963. It has won the praise and captured the imagination of youngster of all ages across the U.S.A. This is the fun bike that features a short frame,high rise handlebars and lons,bucket shaped saddle. This design gives the rider an wxciting combintaion of features for quick maneuvers, fast starts and short radius turns.
SCHWINN STING-RAY
The original Sting-Ray--the bike that set the style. Bucket style Sting-Ray saddle,chrome brace rods,Schwinn tubular rims, 20" x 1 3/4 front tire,Slik rear tire. COLORS: CAMPUS GREEN,RED,SKY BLUe.
J38-6 STING-RAY,COASTER BRAKE.......$56.95
J38-2 STING-RAY,2SPEED .......$69.95
J38-3 STING-RAY,3SPEED STIK SHIFT...$79.95
J-38-9 STING-RAY,5SPEED STIK SHIFT...$77.95

1970

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1970 SCHWINN STING-RAY

STING-RAY BIKES FOR BOYS
This is it! The original Sting-Ray. The bike that changed a generation's cycling habits. Short wheelbase for fast turns. Deep bucket saddle chrome saddle struts.Schwinn tubular rims. 20" x 1 3/4 front tire. schwinn Slik rear tire.
COLORS: Red,Sky Blue,Campus Green.
J38-6 STING-RAY,COASTER BRAKE ......$56.95
J38-2 STING-RAY,2-SPEED .....$68.95
J38-3 STING-RAY,3-SPEED STIK -SHIFT .....$75.95
J38-9 STING-RAY,5-SPEED STIK-SHIFT .....$78.95

1971

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1971 SCHWINN STING-RAY

The bike that changed the cycling world! Short wheelbase for fast turns. best performance. Bucket saddle, MAG sproket, Schwinn tubular rims, Schwinn Slik rear tire. Choice of colors: Sky Blue, Campus Green, and Lemon.
J38-6 Stingray, coaster... 59.95
J38-3 Stingray, 3-speed Stik-shift ...81.95
J38-9 Stingray, 5 speed Stik shift ... 84.95

1972

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1972 SCHWINN STING-RAY

This is it! The original! Responsive, fast, and fantastic! Bucket saddle, MAG sr, Slik rear tire. Colors: Campus Green, Kool Lemon, or Flamboyant REd.
J38-6 STING-RAY,COASTER BRAKE ......$59.95
J38-3 STING-RAY,3-SPEED STIK -SHIFT .....$81.95
J38-9 STING-RAY,5-SPEED STIK-SHIFT .....$84.95

1973

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1973 SCHWINN STING-RAY

This is it! The original! Responsive, fast, and fantastic! Bucket saddle, MAG sprocket, 20" x 2.125". Slik rear tire. Colors: Campus Green, Kool Lemon, or Flamboyant Red. Wt. j38-6, 37 lbs; j38-9, 41 lbs.
J38-6 STING-RAY,COASTER BRAKE ......$62.95
J38-9 STING-RAY,5-SPEED STIK-SHIFT .....$89.95

1974

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1974 SCHWINN STING-RAY

This is it! The original sting-ray! responsive quick and easy riding. bucket style saddle, MAG design sprocket, 20" x 2.125". sting-ray studded tire.handlebar control on 5-speed model. COLORS: kool lomon or opaque red. Wt. J38-6,36 lbs. J38-9,41 lbs.
J38-6 STING-RAY,COASTER BRAKE ......
J38-9 STING-RAY,5-SPEED STIK-SHIFT .....

1975

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1975 SCHWINN STING-RAY

This is it! The original sting-ray introduced first br schwinn in 1963. Responsive,quick and easy riding. bucket style saddle.MAG design sprocket,20" x 2.125" STING-RAY studded tire.handlebar control on 5-speed model. COLORS: flamboyant red or yellow Wt.J38-6,36 lbs. J38-9,41 lbs. SCHWINN STING-RAY,COASTER BRAKE MODEL J38-6 SCHWINN STING-RAY ,5 SPEED MODEL J38-9 WHY STING-RAY DESIGN?? Perhaps no new bicycle design has ever gained such wide acceptance and popularity as when schwinn introduced sting-ray desigened bicycles in 1964.at first glance,the low slung design with the smaller wheels,higher handlebars,and raised seat may have seemed strange,and yet it is america's most copied style of bicycle.it's no secret.... the unusual STING-RAY design provides a new feeL or responsive riding, a new level of performance,and a new variety of cycling enjoyment that has made it a standard among the country's young riders. NOTE: Prices and specifications subject to change without notice.

1976

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1976 SCHWINN STING-RAY

SCWHINN STING-RAY This is it! The original sting-ray introduced first br schwinn in 1963. Responsive,quick and easy riding. bucket style saddle.MAG design sprocket,20" x 2.125" STING-RAY studded tire.handlebar control on 5-speed model. COLORS: flamboyant red,yellow,Sky blur, white.(white with bicentennial decling) Wt.J38-6,37 1/2 lbs. J38-9,41 lbs. SCHWINN STING-RAY,COASTER BRAKE MODEL J38-6 SCHWINN STING-RAY,3-SPEED MODEL J38-4 SCHWINN STING-RAY ,5 SPEED MODEL J38-9 SCHWINN 5-SPEED FAST BACK MODEL H36-9 WHY STING-RAY DESIGN?? Perhaps no new bicycle design has ever gained such wide acceptance and popularity as when schwinn introduced sting-ray designed bicycles in 1963.at first glance,the low slung design with the smaller wheels,higher handlebars,and raised seat may have seemed strange,and yet it is america's most copied style of bicycle.it's no secret.... the unusual STING-RAY design provides a new feeL oF responsive riding, a new level of performance,and a new variety of cycling enjoyment that has made it a standard among the country's young riders. STING-RAY is SCHWINN'S exclusive trade mark. ACCEPT NO SUBSTITUTE. NOTE: Prices and specifications subject to change without notice.

1977

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1977 SCHWINN STING-RAY

This is it! The original Sting-Ray introduced first by Schwinn and now available with a 3-speed coaster brake.Responsive quick and easy riding Sting-Ray saddle, MAG design sprocket, 20" x 2.125" Sting-Ray studded tire,rear,Handlebar control on 5-speed model. COlors: Flamboyant Red,Sky Blue,Sunset Orange. Wt.J38-6, 37 1/2 lbs. J38-9 41 lbs. Schwinn Sting-Ray,coaster brake MOdEL J38-6... $91.95 Schwinn Sting-Ray,3-speed coaster brake MODEL J38-8...$111.95 Schwinn Sting-Ray,5-speed MODEL J38-9...$124.95 WHY STING-RAY DESIGN?? Perhaps no new bicycle design has ever gained such wide acceptance and popularity as when schwinn introduced sting-ray bicycles .at first glance,the low slung design with the smaller wheels,higher handlebars,and raised seat may have seemed strange,and yet it is america's most copied style of bicycle.it's no secret.... the unusual STING-RAY design provides a new feeL oF responsive riding, a new level of performance,and a new variety of cycling enjoyment that has made it a standard among the country's young riders. STING-RAY is SCHWINN'S exclusive trade mark. ACCEPT NO SUBSTITUTE.

1978

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1978 SCHWINN STING-RAY

*Only schwinn makes the genuine stin-ray * coppied but not equaled *sturdy construction *schwinn engineered STIN-RAY 5-SPEED: MODEL J38-9...$126.95 STING-RAY 3-SPEED: MODEL J38-8...$114.95 STING-RAY COASTER BRAKE MODEL J38-6...$94.95 COLORS:Flamboyant Red,Sky Blue SCHWINN STIN-RAY This is it! The original Sting-Ray first introduced by Schwinn...three months to choose from. Responsive,quick,easy riding! MAG sprocket,20" x 2.125" Sting-Ray and 3-speed have positive action coaster brake. WEIGHT:Approximately 39 lbs. NOTE: prices and specifications subject to change without notice.

1979

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1979 SCHWINN STING-RAY

SHWINN STING-RAY J38-8 3-SPEED COASTER $116.95 J38-6 COASTER $94.95 SCHWINN STING-RAY II J27-6 Here's a sitng-ray for smaller riders a slightly smaller version of the sting-ray with medium rise handlebars,sting-ray saddle, 20 x 1 3/4-inch gripper slik rear tire,full length chainguard,coaster brake and dazzling new two-tone color combinations. weight 35 pounds. Assembled and fitted,ready to ride. $89.95 SCHWINN MINI-STINGRAY J47-6 A new 1979 Schwinn for younger riders! Here's a built-to-take-it bike with forged fork, cantilever frame,coaster brake,Sting-ray saddle,and 16" studded BMX tires.Weight 32 pounds. Assembled and fitted,ready to ride.$89.95.

1980

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1980 SCHWINN STING-RAY

Perhaps no bicycle has been so enjoyed and gained such wide acceptance and immediate popularity as the schwinn sting-ray... and though many have copied it,no one has duplicate it.schwinn exclusive cantilever frame,schwinn sting-ray saddle,sting-ray handlebars,chainguard and coaster brake.choice of 3-speed or single-speed coaster brake. weight 39 pounds. J38-8 3-SPEED COASTER BRAKE J38-6 SINGLE COASTER BRAKE CARDINAL RED,GOLDEN YELLOW TRIM SKYBLUE FROSTY SILVER TRIM EMERALD GREEN,GOLDEN YELLOW TRIM THE ONLY ORIGINAL STING-RAY SCHWINN TORNADO here's a bold BMX-inspired bike that is exciting to ride. big number plate mounted on a low, sleek BMX handlebar.simulated MX tank.full length chainguard,built-in kickstand,black BMX saddle and sporty mini-mud-guards.the tornado is a great bike for the young rider who likes a look of the competitor. coaster brake and 20 x 1 3/4-inch tires.weight 34 pounds.

1981

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1981 SCHWINN STING-RAY

SCHWINN STING-RAY sting-ray---J38-6 COLORS: CARDINALE RED,SKY BLUE tornado---J32-6 COLORS:BLACK WITH YELLOW TRIM "THAT'S NOT A BIKE,ITS MY STING-RAY!" Few bikes have ever won such wide acceptance and gained such immediate popularity as the one and only Schwinn Sting-Ray-with its exclusive Schwinn cantilever frame, Schwinn Sting-Ray saddle, Sting-Ray handlebars,chainguard and coaster brake.Though many have copied it,no one has duplicate the Sting-Ray. It weights in at 39 pounds and features a single-speed coaster brake. Schwinn Tornado The BMX-inspired Schwinn Tornado,sporting number plate on a sleek BMX handlebar,simulated BMX tank,full length chainguard,built-in kickstand,black BMX saddle and hot-shot mini-mudguards. THE DISTINCTIVE STING-RAY SEAT AND HANDLEBAR- INVENTED AND INTRODUCED BY SCHWINN... THE STING-RAY SEAT CAN BE EASILY ADJUSTABLE UP OR DOWN TO FIT ALMOST ALL YOUNGSTERS. (*c8d5c) THE GENUINE! THE ORIGINAL STING-RAY first choice for the "second bike" the bike that swap the nation with its distinctive design and amazing riding qualities.Sting-Ray handlebars,20" nylon cord tires on Schwinn tubular rims,comfortable solo-polo saddle,

Sting-Ray frame....$49.95