Welcome to the gallery! I put this together to help people interested in collecting, restoring, building, or just remembering the old Schwinn Sting Rays. And to help them find parts as there are lots of them for sale at the bottom of each gallery page. The pictures were gathered from all over the internet, some were submitted, and others were taken by me. If one of the bikes is yours and you'd like credit, or the picture removed, please contact me in the forum. Also, please let me know if something is incorrect in the gallery or you want to add some more information about a bike pictured. The filename has a short description of the bike and is located underneath the thumbnail picture. And there is info on the model or year below each gallery.
In mid 1963, Schwinn introduced their Stingray lineup which would forever change the bicycle world. This model had a single speed and came in 5 colors including Flamboyant Lime, Flamboyant Red, Sky Blue, Violet, and Radiant Coppertone. It also had a coaster brake, chrome fenders, a Deluxe Solo Polo seat, nylon studded rear tire (20 x 2.125) and nylon front tire (20 x 1.75), a rear reflector attached to the sissybar below the seat, butterfly style handlebars which were wider at the top than the older krate bars, Bendix Coaster brake, and a ridged front fork. The revolutionary designed bike retailed for $49.95.
Being the first year, these Stingrays can be worth more than any other, especially if they are in good original condition or have low serial numbers. It's not unusual to see them selling for $1,000-$2000. There is even a story about an offer of $100,000 for possibly the lowest serial number bike in existance. And it's rumored that only around 500 1963 Sting-Rays are still around.
This superb example of a 1963 Sting-Ray sold on Ebay for $2,282 on 9/08 (serial #K3XXXX).
Below are current auctions for 1963 Schwinn Sting Rays. Check back frequently for more for sale.