In the early 1960s, however, Schwinn came out with the Stingray with small 20 inch diameter wheels, high handlebars and a banana seat.The name played off muscle cars at the time and the bikes had a look of a chopper motorcycle. When you register your bike, we provide other information about your frame – size/model and, many times, color.A number that shows up as “D 08123” is recorded as “D08123”.
A few of the bikes were purchased by me, or for me, new, including the brown 1971 Schwinn Super Sport, the Trek 750, the Univega 700FS, and the Trek 850 (for one of my sons).
The wonderful Bob Hufford Schwinn Lightweight Data Book Site has many more Schwinn catalogs.
I like the 1974 and earlier catalogs where they took photos on location. See, for example 1974 Paramount and 1973 Paramount.
I purchased my Paramount in the North Park area of San Diego on June 30, 2007 from an ad on Craig's List for with a Nishiki Olympic mixte frame 12 speed bike. The very nice woman selling it was good natured about the low price.
The bike had belonged to her uncle who no longer used it. (See Paramont Serial Numbers at Waterford Bikes - go to "Dating My Bike.") It appears to be a P10-9 Men's Paramount Deluxe Ten Speed Tourer according to the 1977 Schwinn Super-Lite Catalog. There is a larger photo in the 1977 Consumer Catalog.