1958 J.C. Higgins Flightliner
This 1958 J.C. Higgins Flightliner is a stunning example of how stylish these bikes really are. Look at those lines! From the rear fender brace that flows into the chain guard, to the tank with built in hooded headlight that mimics the look of the fender on a ’58 Chevrolet, this bike is ALL style. Check out that J.C. Higgins branded accessory speedometer!
1958 was the first year for the Flightliner model, and the only year that this variation of the tank and headlights were used. Also it was the only year that the rear carrier had the two barrel shaped tail light lenses.
This Flightliner features a 2-speed Bendix lever-shift hub which pre-dates the famous “kickback” hub and a springer fork.
Note: Some artistic license was used in the restoration of this bicycle, so don’t use it as a definitive guide to how your bike should look. The rear carrier braces are from a newer model and not correct for a ’58, and the paint color is quite a bit darker than the original shade. Also, the restorer incorrectly attached the front fork horizontal fender brace in such a way that it interferes with the function of the springer.. oops! Thank you to Leon Dixon of the National Bicycle History Archive of America for pointing out these issues.