What model is this JC Higgins bike

Discussion in 'Antique Motorized Bicycles' started by sweetsheila, Apr 18, 2010.

  1. sweetsheila

    sweetsheila New Member

    I was wondering what model this JC Higgins bike is? I'm thinking 1940's was the time era. And was that a marman motor kit added on? Any help with this I would greatly appreciate it! Sheila

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  2. ocscully

    ocscully Member


    I think your guess that is probably a pre-war bike with the kit added later, is a good one. You might post your photos over on this forum http://www.thecabe.com to get accurate information on exactly what year and model it is.

  3. sweetsheila

    sweetsheila New Member

    Hey thanks for the web site ocscully! It was very helpful. I did find out its a late 1940's bike but with miss-matched parts, was right about the motor kit part though.
    Thanks for replying!
  4. bricycle

    bricycle New Member

    JCHiggins bikes were sold by Sears Roebuck and Co. after WW2. Whether that was 1945, 1946 or 1944? I'm not sure. I found out the badges will say if they were made in U.S.A., Germany or (not sure, Austria? France? England?) Can't remember the third. Try going on line to Sears Catalogue / History, there is a link there somewhere where someone can check their data base if you give them your bikes serial number. (may be under crank housing or rear wheel drop-out area). They helped me identify a 1955 basic German made JCH for me...sorry I couldn't find my link for you.
  5. bricycle

    bricycle New Member

    This link may get you to where you can ask Sears archives if they could date a bicycle for you. shcarchives@searshc.com Good luck...
  6. That Jc Higgins is Murray built. The bicycle itself is pretty plane jane, but that motor kit makes it 100% cooler and much more valuable. I'd say just as a rough estimate that the bicycle is a late 40's early 50's model. Its hard to tell what model because of the missing or incorrect parts, but it doesn't have a springer so its possibly one of the base models.
  7. KilroyCD

    KilroyCD Active Member

    As Bricycle said, the JC Higgins brand was post-war. Sears bikes from the '20s through the war were sold under the Elgin brand. The bike is definitely Murray-built, and judging by the skip-tooth chainring I would say most likely built between 1946 and '50.
  8. sweetsheila

    sweetsheila New Member

    Big Thanks

    Thank you to everyone helping. The info was great. I'm gonna start planning my restoration now. The motor is top notch, the bike I might switch out.
    Thanks again. -Sheila:rolleyes7: