1956 Schwinn Catalog

Original text and images of the 1956 Schwinn sales brochure. The text below, including the prices, are as written in 1956.

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The World Finest - Made in America
Schwinn Bicycles

Famous Televesion Star of Jon Hall Ramar of the Jungle, says:
"Like a jungle cat, Schwinn Bikes are fast and powerful, the smoothest riding bikes in the world - and every one American made"!

Arnold, Schwinn and Co.
Chicago 39, Illinois

No Wonder!
Schwinn Bikes are Best

Boy, what features! Schwinn and only Schwinn builds bikes like these, with so many patented improvements no other bike can offer!
You get the best when you buy Schwinn!
Just look at these Schwinn Exclusive Quality Features

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More Americans Ride Schwinn Than any other Bikes.....by Far!
Every Schwinn Bike is Guaranteed Long-As-You-Own-It!

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Schwinn Now! Sensational New Design!

Speedy

As lightweight Bikes with the new, fast-rolling 1.75"
Schwinn Tornado Tires....gearshift hubs....hand brakes.

Strong

As Balloon tires bikes with Schwinn's super-strong middleweight construction.

Schwinn Corvette


Finest of the new Schwinn Middleweights!

1956 schwinn corvette

3-speed Gears
Deluxe equipment includes 3-speed gears, front and rear hand brakes, stainless steel fenders, whitewall, 1.75" Schwinn TOrnado tires. Handsome spring-type luggage carrier on 26" models only. Available in boys and girls 26" and 24" models.

Colors: Opalescent red, blue or green- also black enamel.

See the complete history of the Schwinn Corvette.

Schwinn Tiger


A popular 3-speed middleweight with front and rear hand brakes, 1.75" Schwinn Tornado tires, the superbly styled Schwinn Cantilever frame and all the famous Schwinn exclusive quality features.

1956 schwinn tiger

3-speed Gears
Offered in boys and girls 26" and 24" models.

Colors: Opalescent red, blue or green - also black enamel.

See the complete history of the Schwinn Tiger.

Schwinn Bicycles Now! The Perfect Combination!

Swift

Easy pedaling...with all the thrills of gearshift hubs, hand brakes and other lightweight features.

Safe

Dependable, American-style construction...longer wear, more miles and more fun for your money.

100% American Made!

Schwinn American


The new Schwinn American has everything you want!

1956 schwinn american

2-speed Gears
Bendix Multi-Speed 2-speed gears with power coaster brake, Schwinn front hand brake, 1.75" Schwinn Tornado tires. 2-speed model available in 26" and 24" sizes for boys and girls. Conventional coaster brake model available in 26", 24" and 20" sizes foor boys and girls.

Colors: Opalescent red, blue or green - also black enamel.

See the complete history of the Schwinn American.

Schwinn Flying Star


Here's an attractive middleweight with speed to spare- and at an amazing low price!

1956 schwinn flying star

2-speed Gears
Equipped with Bendix Mutli-Speed 2-Speed gears with power coaster brake and 1.75" Schwinn Tornado tires on Schwinn's sturdy single-bar frame. Offered in boys and girls 26" and 24" models.

Colors: Spitfire red, blue or green - also black enamel.

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Gener Autry

Flying a productions Famous star of Movies, Radio and Televesion, says: "Ridin' on the range pr in the city, Schwinn Bikes just can't be beat".

Sport


The ideal sports bike for the cycling enthusiast.

1956 schwinn sports

Features include 3-speed gears, drop handlebars with racing grips, rat-trap pedals, racing saddle, front and rear caliper brakes. Boys 26" model only.

Colors: Opal red, blue, green, gold or violet, also black enamel.

See the complete history of the Schwinn Sport.

Tandem


Cycling is double fun on a bicycle-built-for-two!

1956 schwinn tandem

Extra sturdy construction with short wheelbase for easy steering and safe riding. Equipped with specially designed tandem hubs, fork and hangers and built-in chrome trimmed chainguard. Choice of tandem or balloon rires.

Colors:Opal red, blue or green, also black enamel.

Over 65 Models

Schwinn offers the world's most complete selection of fine quality bicycles in a full range of middleweight, balloon and lightweight models. From junior sizes for tiny tots to custom-made machines for professional bike raacers, Schwinn has it - a bikes for every purpose and every purse.

See the complete history of the Schwinn Tandem.

Traveler


Top-Selling lightweight in America, because it's got everything.

1956 schwinn traveler

3-speed gears, front and rear hand brakes, generator with head and tail light, roomy saddle bag and stainless steel fenders. Boys and girls models in 26" size.

Colors: opal red, blue, green, gold or violet, also black enamel.

See the complete history of the Schwinn Traveler.

Varsity


A Favorite of students and adults alik, superbly styled for sports or utility- 3-speed gears, front and rear hand brakes, Schwinn quality construction throughout.

1956 schwinn varsity

Boys and Girls models in 26" and 24" sizes.

Colors: Opal red, blue, green; also black enamel.

See the complete history of the Schwinn Varsity.

World


The perfect choice for those who want a fine quality lightweight.

1956 schwinn world

Equipped with coaster brake, built-in kickstand, chain guard...American made by Schwinn! Boys and girls models in 26" and 24" sizes.

Colors: Opal red, blue or green; also black enamel.

See the complete history of the Schwinn World.

Starlet


A special Schwinn design with fashion-wise color combinations no other bicycle can offer.

1956 schwinn starlet

Girls 26" and 24" models.

Colors:Summer cloud white with holiday rose or powder blue trim; Windswept green with luscious lavender trim; or opal red, blue or green - also black enamel.

See the complete history of the Schwinn Starlet.

Streamliner


A real beauty in streamlined styling, featuring the patented Cantilever frame, tank with built-in horn, headlight, truss rods, luggage carrier, whitewall tires.

1956 schwinn streamliner

Boys 26" and 24" models.

Colors: Opal red, blue or green; also black enamel.

See the complete history of the Schwinn Streamliner.

Wasp


Fine quality construction features make this standard unequipped model ideal for utility or pleasure riding where sturdy dependability is important.

1956 schwinn wasp

Boys model has patented Cantilever frame. Boys and girls 26" and 24" models.

Colors: Opal red, blue or green, aslo black enamel.

See the complete history of the Schwinn Wasp.

Phantom


Most beautiful bike in the world!

1956 schwinn phantom

Spring fork, chrome trimmed tank with electric horn, chrome fenders, built-in fenderlite, genuine leather saddle, whitewall tires. Boys and girls 26" models.

Colors: red with black trim, black with red trim, green with black trim - also two-tone blue in girls model only.

See the complete history of the Schwinn Phantom.

Hornet


A popular bike with attractive equipment features.

1956 schwinn hornet

Streamlined tank with horn, electric headlight, chrome truss rods, kickstand, Schwinn Quality Features. Sturdy luggage carrier on 26" models only. Boys and girls 26", 24" and 20" models.

Colors: Spitfire red, blue or green, all with ivory trim.

See the complete history of the Schwinn Hornet.

Spitfire


Where price is important, the Schwinn Spitfire is a wise choice.

1956 schwinn spitfire

Includes extra-strong Schwinn frame, tubular rims and other exclusive quality features. Guaranteed Long-As-You-Own-It. Boys and girls 26", 24" and 20" models.

Colors: Spitfire red, blue or green.

See the complete history of the Schwinn Spitfire.

Deluxe Hornet


An outstanding value in a fully equipped deluxe model.

1956 schwinn hornet

Complete with spring fork, tank with horn, healight, luggage carrier, chrome rims, whitewall tires, attractive two-tone finish. Boys and girls 26" models.

Colors: black with red trim, two-tone blue, two-tone green.

See the complete history of the Schwinn Deluxe Hornet.

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Doris Day

Glamorous Motion Picture and Recording Star, says: "The new Schwinn Middleweight Bikes are wonderful for exercise, and they're such fun to ride"!

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Gale Davis

Famous Televesion star of flying a productions, says: "Schwinn Bikes hit the bullseye with me every time...they're the world's finest"!

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