The original Schwinn Stingray was made between 1963 to 1981.
This page provides year by year images and information quoted from Schwinn catalogs.
Here is how Schwinn described the Stingray bicycle...
It has won the praise and captured the imagination of youngsters of all ages across the U. This design gives the rider an exciting combination of features for quick maneuvers, fast starts and short radius turns.
The Stingray was introduced through the sales ad to the right.
Little did Schwinn know then that they were introducing what would become a wildly popular bike that would sell like wildfire.
The Schwinn Sting-ray became Schwinns best selling bikes alost overnight.
Its dramatically different design was new fresh and modeled after the way many kids were refiting and customizing their own bikes in southern California.
California kids had started to take old 20-inch bicycles and customize them into motorcycle looking sport bikes.
They were replacing the factory seats and handlebars and using instead "Solo Polo" or "banana" seats and tall "butterfly" type bars.
This California fad was noticed by Al Fritz the director of research and development for Schwinn, and he reacted very quickly, making a prototype that was mostly laughed at by the Schwinn upper management. the entire first production run sold out in a matter of months and they were not able to make more because of supply problems with the tires. ZONE1 WEIGHT WEIGHT PRICE J38-6 20 Sting-Ray, American-made Coaster Brake 35 1/2 42 1/2 .95 COLORS: Flamboyant Lime, Radiant Coppertone, Sky Blue or Terra Cotta. Prices and specifications subject to change without notice. CHICAGO, ILL.60639 CATALOG FOR DESCRIPTION OF PART NUMBERS SHOWN ABOVE. The Bike design that became an overnight sensation across America.
Over 45,000 bikes were sold in just a couple of months after they were introduced. Equipped with 20' frame,high traction studded baloon rear tire, butterfly hand- dlebars, Solo-Polo saddle. J-38 STING-RAY The fun bike with the sports car look. STING-RAY EQUIPMENT SPECIFICATIONS J38-6 FRAME 1940-A NAMEPLATE 9175-K DECAL-SEAT MAST 9357-E DECAL FRAME 9355 KICKSTAND ASSEMBLY 8340-F FORK 2008 HEAD BEARING SET 25 CHAINGUARD 5823 CRANK 6006 PEDALS 6519 SPROCKET, FRONT 6306-A FRONT WHEEL HUB 4858 SPROCKET, REAR 18 SPOKES 37 TIRE 3065 HANDLEBAR STEM 7522 HANDLEBAR 7877 HANDLEBAR BRIPS 7952 SADDLE 7023 SEAT POST 7208 REFLECTOR ASSEMBLY 9738 ARNOLD, SCHWINN & CO. JANUARY,1964 In 1965 the Schwinn Sting-ray was already their most popular bike. Now with black SLIK rear time, Sting-Ray saddle with truss rods, Sting-Ray saddle with truss rods, Sting-Ray handle bars, Schwinn tubular rims. SCHWINN STING-RAY, COASTER BRAKE MODEL J38-6 SCHWINN STING-RAY ,5 SPEED MODEL J38-9 WHY STING-RAY DESIGN?? .95 Schwinn Sting-Ray,3-speed coaster brake MODEL J38-8...1.95 Schwinn Sting-Ray,5-speed MODEL J38-9...4.95 WHY STING-RAY DESIGN??
Obviously Schwinn spent the rest of that year making enough Sting-rays for the next year, when sales become even larger. Flamboyant Lime, Red, Radiant Coppert- one, Sky Blue or Violet. TIRES Studded rear tire..traction for quick response on starts... RIMS Schwinn tubular rims...shock absorbent...wear-resistant. FORK Drop-forged...stronger...harder...longer lasting. Flamboyant Lime, Radiant Copertone Sky Blue or Violet. Perhaps no new bicycle design has ever gained such wide acceptance and popularity as when schwinn introduced sting-ray desigened bicycles in 1964first glance,the low slung design with the smaller wheels,higher handlebars,and raised seat may have seemed strange,and yet it is america's most copied style of bicycle.it's no secret.... Perhaps no new bicycle design has ever gained such wide acceptance and popularity as when schwinn introduced sting-ray bicycles first glance,the low slung design with the smaller wheels,higher handlebars,and raised seat may have seemed strange,and yet it is america's most copied style of bicycle.it's no secret.... *Only schwinn makes the genuine stin-ray * coppied but not equaled *sturdy construction *schwinn engineered STIN-RAY 5-SPEED: MODEL J38-9...6.95 STING-RAY 3-SPEED: MODEL J38-8...4.95 STING-RAY COASTER BRAKE MODEL J38-6....95 COLORS: Flamboyant Red, Sky Blue SCHWINN STIN-RAY This is it!
Below you will find the images and text from vintage Schwinn catalogs for every year that the Stingray was produced. J38 Sting-Ray .....................95 Schwinn QUALITY FEATURES FRAME Schwinn Cantilever frame...sturdy...compact 20" frame size for extra strength. with truss rods.cushioned...roomy...comforta- table. J38 Sting-Ray, coaster brake......95 J38 Sting-Ray, 3 speed...........57.95 J38 Sting-Ray, 2 speed coaster with front caliper brake......59.95 For sheer fun... MAG design sprocket,20" x 2.125" STING-RAY studded tire.handlebar control on 5-speed model. the unusual STING-RAY design provides a new fee L or responsive riding, a new level of performance,and a new variety of cycling enjoyment that has made it a standard among the country's young riders. MAG design sprocket,20" x 2.125" STING-RAY studded tire.handlebar control on 5-speed model. SCHWINN STING-RAY, COASTER BRAKE MODEL J38-6 SCHWINN STING-RAY,3-SPEED MODEL J38-4 SCHWINN STING-RAY ,5 SPEED MODEL J38-9 SCHWINN 5-SPEED FAST BACK MODEL H36-9 WHY STING-RAY DESIGN?? the unusual STING-RAY design provides a new fee L o F responsive riding, a new level of performance,and a new variety of cycling enjoyment that has made it a standard among the country's young riders. The original Sting-Ray first introduced by Schwinn...three months to choose from. MAG sprocket,20" x 2.125" Sting-Ray and 3-speed have positive action coaster brake. NOTE: prices and specifications subject to change without notice. .95 SCHWINN MINI-STINGRAY J47-6 A new 1979 Schwinn for younger riders! Perhaps no bicycle has been so enjoyed and gained such wide acceptance and immediate popularity as the schwinn sting-ray...