1960 Columbia Thunderbolt (?)

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Here’s my latest snag. I think it’s a 1960 Columbia Thunderbolt.

I wanted a junker I could take out on our monthly vintage rides that I wouldn’t have to worry about scratching up or getting muddy. (I’m soft on my 55 western flyer)

I got this bike off a central New York vintage bike enthusiast / collector. He has about 300-400 bikes. About every make in about every condition. Lots of parts as well. His pricing is always very fair, especially if you’re a fellow enthusiast.

I know the chain guard is wrong. We just pulled that out of a parts bin. -if anyone has one they would like to sell, I’ll pay a fair price for it.

I think it’s missing a rear rack and maybe a front rack with headlights.

Wheels don’t match but work fine. Tubes n tires shot.... other than that,100% functional.

Anyone got any other details on this bike they could confirm?
 
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That frame was used for a number of years. Chain guards, tanks, lights, etc changed over the years. Different combinations resulted in different models.
 
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If that's an 'M' starting the serial #, it's a '63, which was also the year they went to block lettering on the tanks & chain guards. -Adam
Thanks Adam!

I really appreciate it!

I’m going to start wrenching on this in a bit. -when I scrub it up, I’ll uncover that first letter!
 
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