Work by Robert McCall and Chesley Bonestell, two of the genre’s pioneers, topped the sale in Dallas.
Background and Description
The first Pixie bikes of the 1960s were a design all of their own, and came in different versions for girls and boys. Later pixie bicycles were miniature versions emulating larger Schwinn designs, such as the Stingray, Chopper, and Low Rider styles. These had ‘mixie’ bodies for use by either boys or girls. The older Pixie bikes have ‘S’ two-colour seats, later examples have Banana or Troxel seats. The Schwinn Pixie II bike was made in 1977-8.
Schwinn Pixies came in various colours. They generally had 16” rubber tyres, a sissy bar, and triple-chrome plating on rims and fenders.
Collecting Schwinn Pixie bicycles
Schwinn Pixie bikes are iconic and very stylish vintage children’s bikes. The classic Schwinn shape, in addition to the nostalgia of buyers who rode these bikes when they were children, result in a large market for pixie bikes. People are often interested to get hold of one for their own children to ride. The ‘S’ seats alone can sell for $50. Generally these bikes were of high quality, and most will still be fine to ride.
Genuine Schwinn Pixie bicycles will say Pixie and Schwinn on the body, and have a Schwinn plate to the front bar. Schwinn pixie numbers are stamped on the seat post tube, and it is possible to date them from this, though the cranks and axel bolts are also stamped and use a different dating system. This will not be possible if these parts of the bike have been replaced.
Schwinn Pixie bicycles are more valuable in their complete original condition with no restoration. However, they may require a little shining up and cleaning, which can improve their worth. Some offered for sale on the internet come with original detachable training wheels/stabiliser wheels.
The best place to find Schwinn Pixie bikes is on auction websites such as eBay, or at vintage sales and second hand fairs. They were prolifically produced between the early 1960s and late 1970s, but a collector may desire a specific model which could be harder to pin down.
Schwinn Pixie bicycles generally sell on eBay for $40 - $230 depending on age and condition.
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