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1951 Columbia 3 Star Balloon Tire Bicycle

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Old Columbia in near showroom shape and tuned up.

1951 Columbia 3 Star Balloon Tire Bicycle

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This is a Vintage 1955 Columbia 3 star balloon tire bicycle.  This bicycle has been tuned but as the bicycle has been on display for about 20 years, it might need another.  The paint is in excellent shape and won't take much to make this bike show worthy.  The handlebars and the rims are showing rust but no too much of it.  The wheels are true with no broken spokes.  The New Departure model D coaster brake spins well, but doesn't have a snappy stop to it -  it still stops, but not very quickly.  The bars need a rechrome too, but aren't bent and seem original.
This bicycle has a good looking chainguard.
Original paint is read with cream accents.  The tank decals are in great shape, but the chainguard decal is missing.
Headbadge is in good shape.
The front fender light has some rust spots on it, but its just surface rust.  The inside looks ok and has the lens and bulb.
***The fork truss is missing the plastic ends. 
***The ends and tips of the fenders look a bit chewed. 
***Mising rear rack?

Seat tube has a decal on it that has "Exclusive Thermo-matic Construction" printed on it.  Decal is ok, but there is a scratch on it
The tank has a few scratches on it and a small dent on the non-drive side.  The inside is showing some surface rust, but nothing to be worried about.  Horn is in the tank.  Not eaten by battery juice either.  Nice.  The tank has 2 small gills on the front on either side.

This bicycle was built in 1951.  Headbadge is silver with a red interior, marked with The Westfield Mfg Co on the top.  Serial number starts with R...

Measurements:
Seat Tube - 18"
Top Tube - 23"
Stand-over Height - about 31"

Specifications:
Seatpost - original, good shape
Saddle - Person's tan top springer, in great shape with no rips and just a little rust forming on the springs, pan, and rails
Stem - original quill stem, ok  chrome
Handlebars - 26.5" wide cruiser bars, chrome is starting to go.  Original black Columbia grips, great shape
Crankset - original 1 piece steel crankset, 5 arm chainring
Pedals - no name block style pedals, great shape, possibly not orignial... they look too nice.  No reflectors though
hubs - New Departure Model D coaster brake rear hub, front hub is unmarked but is a wider diameter center section
rims - 26" balloon style steel rims, chrome is mostly still there but is starting to rust
tires - Goodyear Airwheel G3 blackwall 26 x 2.125 tires, ok shape, hold air, some cracking, but they look pretty good, the rear tire has some bubbling

Serial #R35068
Reference #72289

Additional Information

Manufacturer Columbia
Color Red
Country of Origin USA
Used or New Used
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