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1965 Super Deluxe Sting-Ray Schwinn Bicycle

1965 Super Deluxe Sting-Ray Schwinn Bicycle

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In 1963, Schwinn introduced a low-slung child’s bicycle that had begun as a fad in southern California. The California custom bikes had small wheels, “Longhorn” handlebars, and a slim, elongated seat. The mass-produced Schwinn Sting-Ray was an instant success; it was perfect for wheelies, and the “banana” seat accommodated the rider and his “date.” The Sting-Ray came in vibrant colors, including Flamboyant Lime, Radiant Coppertone, Sky Blue, and Violet. As sales boomed, Schwinn added the Fastback and Manta Ray, several models for girls, and the Orange Krate, Apple Krate, Lemon Peeler, and Pea Picker. This bike was donated by the manufacturer.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
bicycle
date made
1965
maker
Arnold, Schwinn and Co.
ID Number
TR.326804
catalog number
326804
accession number
265701
Credit Line
Gift of Arnold, Schwinn & Co.
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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