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Vintage '40s Schwinn Challenger DX Bicycle 16.5"

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Beautiful pre war Schwinn with lots of history!

Vintage '40s Schwinn Challenger DX Bicycle 16.5"

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You could be the proud owner of this vintage 1940s Schwinn Challenger bicycle. This Schwinn DX is in really nice shape! Looks to be all original with the possible exceptions of the grips, seat and tires. This bicycle has color matched front and rear fenders, a dual spring saddle and comfy cruiser bars. This bicycle is looking for a new home and it could be yours.


The paint on this bike is all original with the normal wear and scratches for a bike this old. The chrome is in fair shape with some rust and pitting. The rear hub is a blackout wartime New Departure, front hub is a chromed Schwinn hub. This bicycle appears to be rideable, but we would recommend a tune up or safety check over by a qualified mechanic before riding.

This bicycle is being sold as is, please see photographs for details.


Seat tube - 16.5"
Top Tube - 22.5"
Standover height - 32"


Seatpost - Original
Saddle - I don't believe this is an original saddle. Has a few scuffs.
Stem - Original with AS bolts
Handlebars - Original 25.5 in wide center to center.
Headset - Original
Brake levers - N/A
Brake calipers - Coaster brake hub
Shifters - N/A
Front derailleur - N/A
Rear derailleur - N/A
Crankset - Original with "Sweetheart" skip-tooth sprocket
Pedals - Original? Torrington
Hubs - Rear New Departure Model "D" Blackout hub laced to painted drop center rim. Front chrome Schwinn Script hub laced to same rim as rear. Rims appear to be original, was the rear hub replaced over time?

Serial #F78037
Reference #13656

Additional Information

Gender Mens
Color Blue
Speeds Single
  • Pre War
  • Made in USA
Frameset Steel
Components Schwinn
Drivetrain New Departure Coaster Brake
Manufacturer Schwinn
Decade 1940s
Country of Origin USA
Used or New Used
Can be seen at 640 W Washington
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