Schwinn Corvette Bicycle, 1962

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.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
Arnold, Schwinn and Co.
Physical Description
steel (overall material)
rubber (overall material)
paint (overall material)
overall: 107 cm x 59 cm x 183 cm; 42 1/8 in x 23 7/32 in x 72 1/16 in
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catalog number
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Work and Industry: Transportation, Road
Road Transportation
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Robert Ng

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