Schwinn Corvette Bicycle, 1962

Description
In 1954, a year after General Motors introduced the Corvette sports car, Schwinn introduced the Corvette bicycle as a children’s model between heavy, chrome-laden imitations of motorcycles and lightweight bicycles designed for speed. Historians Jay Pridmore and Jim Hurd wrote, “The Corvette was the first of Schwinn’s middleweight bicycles, developed at a time when heavy cruisers like the Black Phantom seemed obsolete to kids who were now focused on increased speed, or at least the illusion of it.” This 1962 Corvette bicycle was a gift of Robert Ng, who rode it in the 1960s.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
bicycle
date made
1962
maker
Arnold, Schwinn and Co.
Physical Description
steel (overall material)
rubber (overall material)
paint (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 107 cm x 59 cm x 183 cm; 42 1/8 in x 23 7/32 in x 72 1/16 in
ID Number
1998.0108.01
catalog number
1998.0108.01
accession number
1998.0108
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Work and Industry: Transportation, Road
Bicycling
Transportation
Road Transportation
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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