In a dialogue begun by Jimmy Katynski (but snipped), Sheldon Brown said: I too own a 1961 Paramount, and I believe the paint and decals are original (though not in great shape.)
I haven't gotten around to putting up a Web section about this bike 'cause it's still a bit of a work-in-progress. However, in response to your message I've uploaded some not-very-good photos:
<snip> At which point Greg Parker asked: Sheldon/all: Was 1961 the first year of those down-tube decals for the Paramount? My '73s had those.... I now have what I think is a '60, (serial number C66), and it has "Schwinn Paramount" in thick cursive gold script with a red outline, on the top of the down-tube, lengthwise (reads from the non-drive side). It's a dark blue bike, with double box lining, no chrome, cottered Stronglight cranks (i.e. a base model). BTW, if anyone might have a 175 mm 1960ish Campagnolo Record crank or even just arms, I'd love to upgrade it, as that was an option in 1960. (My Stronglight chainrings were damaged in shipment by poor packing on the part of the eBay seller, and I can't get the 52 to work properly, so I haven't finished the bike so far...). ****************** I believe that Greg has described the decal set that Waterford put on my '38 when they painted it last year, and I believe that Robert Clair has the same. It would be interesting if the P'mounts used the same ornament from '38 - 60, and you guys have just pegged the transition point. Greg, how sure are you that your 1960 has the original paint?
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