bicyclepassion wrote:The frame number and features would suggest mid to late 1960's. May be one of the last of the pressed end frame era? Does it have 27 or 28" wheels? Most of the 'Skidstars' had 3 speed gears. The single speed coaster versions were usually labelled 'Roadstar', as far as I know and as far as I remember. Are they Japanese rims? The roadster bars are meant to be 'up'.
Is there a date on the shop cards?
Maybe some poor kid got this for Christmas, but was not allowed to ride it because he misbehaved?
Or, Santa left it in the shed and the kid never found it?
The mind boggles.
It has 27" x 1-3/8 Araya Japan rims, and Komet Super 161 single speed & Silver Star tyres.
I would imagine this was one of the models made in Japan?
The Austral brand seat is made in Japan as well as the cranks, unsure of the brand of crank though.
You are spot on with the bars being upside down too.
There is no visible date on the shop card unfortunately.
That's one bad kid, or Santa or both.