Elgin Blackhawk – Beauty Meets Brawn

When you consider how nice the Sears Elgin Blackhawk was, and how it embodied pretty much everything that a school-age boy dreamed about in a bicycle, it’s surprising that there isn’t more information about this classic cruiser on the internet.

Great Bikes, Bad Timing

Elgin was the house brand of the Sears Roebuck Company. The Blackhawk was built by the Westfield Manufacturing Company for Sears and was only in production for two years – from 1934 to 1936. The Elgin Blackhawk was loaded with a lot of cool standard features like:

  • steel clad wood rims made by Lobdel
  • twin-bar motorcycle style frame
  • massive two tone gas tank that housed a tool kit
  • chrome forks and fork truss bar
  • kickstand
  • semi-high rise bars
  • beautiful, sprung red leather saddle

Optional accessories included a rear rack, battery-powered pancake horn, headlight, and speedometer.

There was nothing subtle about this bike. It was heavy, low slung, and it looked like it meant business. It looked like a motorcycle. With a price tag of $41.95 at the height of the Great Depression, a kid either had to have very generous parents, or a highly successful paper route to own one.

The Blackhawk’s Exquisite Sibling

Besides the economic disaster that had befallen the US during the 1930’s, it’s possible that more of these bikes weren’t sold because it was in competition with another Elgin bike, the extremely beautiful Bluebird. The Bluebird was even more expensive than the Blackhawk – it cost around $52. Production of the Bluebird was around 4000 and few of the bikes were sold. Today the Elgin Bluebird is the most valuable balloon tire bicycle and unrestored specimens sell for as much as $20,000.


Blackhawk Values

The Elgin Blackhawk is a highly collectible and valuable bicycle in its own right. A quick search on the internet doesn’t turn up many examples for sale. So, what’s it worth? A nice example can set you back a cool $5000 if you can find one. If you’re lucky enough to stumble across one at a yard sale, don’t let it get away.


More Elgin Vintage bicycles on eBay.com

1961 FLEER BASKETBALL #3 ELGIN BAYLOR RC INSCRIPTION - L.A. LAKERS PSA/DNA CERT (Like New - 249999.99 USD) 1961 FLEER BASKETBALL #3 ELGIN BAYLOR RC INSCRIPTION - L.A. LAKERS PSA/DNA CERT
Like New - 249999.99 USD
2012 Elgin Crosswind GRS Street Sweeper (Seller refurbished - 92000 USD) 2012 Elgin Crosswind GRS Street Sweeper
Seller refurbished - 92000 USD
2008 ELGIN PELICAN STREET SWEEPER (Used - 69500 USD) 2008 ELGIN PELICAN STREET SWEEPER
Used - 69500 USD
2015 Global Environmental Street Sweeper Cummins Diesel schwarze elgin (Used - 59990 USD) 2015 Global Environmental Street Sweeper Cummins Diesel schwarze elgin
Used - 59990 USD
1961 Fleer Basketball Elgin Baylor Rookie Plus Photo Art (Like New - 50000 USD) 1961 Fleer Basketball Elgin Baylor Rookie Plus Photo Art
Like New - 50000 USD
2007 Elgin broom bear international 4300 street sweeper (Very Good - 49000 USD) 2007 Elgin broom bear international 4300 street sweeper
Very Good - 49000 USD
elgin street sweeper (Used - 35500 USD) elgin street sweeper
Used - 35500 USD


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