[CR]Unusual Paramount (Ed Granger)


Example: Component Manufacturers

To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org, tsan7759142@sbcglobal.net, r.delmare@charter.net
Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2007 10:17:03 -0500
From: edvintage63@aol.com
Subject: [CR]Unusual Paramount (Ed Granger)

Paramount fans, I'm posting this eBay Paramount because I think it's pretty unusual:

http://cgi.ebay.com/SCHWINN-PARAMOUNT-CHROME-P-15-23-CAMPAGNOLO-GROUP_W0QQitemZ230193479597QQihZ013QQcategoryZ420QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

I may be missing something (and I'm no Major Taylor), but I became interested when I spotted the smallish seatstay caps typical of 60's Paramounts vs. ones from the 70's. Then I noticed the SN in the listing: C617. I wrote to the seller, who corroborated that is the serial number for the frame, and that the components are indeed of later vintage. I believe the serial dates the frame to 1966, which would make this the earliest Prugnat-lugged Paramount I've yet seen or heard of, and hence historically interesting. It is, of course, a P-13 frame (or perhaps custom) that has been "converted" into a P-15. I had previously believed the earliest use of Prugnat lugs for Paramounts to date to 1967. Perhaps my take on this bike is factually off base - any other Paramount afficianados care to weigh in?

Ed Granger
Lancaster, PA, USA