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Spadefan

SPORTSTER

I just found a picture of a Grabow brochure or pamphlet that includes a SPORTSTER model Starfire.  The brochure is said to be from the early 1960's.


Is this an early version of the Collegiate series?

Anyone have any info on the SPORTSTER series?
JoeMan

Tom, would Sportster be the same that we all seem to refer to as Sportsman?
Spadefan

According to the brochure, they were fitted with either a saddle or a thin tapered stem.
Thelonious Monkfish

Spadefan wrote:
According to the brochure, they were fitted with either a saddle or a thin tapered stem.

Could they be the smaller versions of other available shapes? A Starfire 49 is sporty next to a 45 and clearly has a thinner tapered stem. Would they have been stamped "Sportster"? They don't stamp "Rustic" on them, just a thought.
JoeMan

I wonder if they were the smaller, more slender pipes with the little skinny metal stinger...no spoon.  I have one and it's an oddball.  I'll post it later.
Thelonious Monkfish

JoeMan wrote:
I wonder if they were the smaller, more slender pipes with the little skinny metal stinger...no spoon.  I have one and it's an oddball.  I'll post it later.

According to the brochure there were six available shapes, Dublin, Billiard, Bulldog, Pot, and Fruits. What shape is yours, Joe? Think I've seen you put it up before, got a KW Campus Dublin with a similar stinger, like the cigar holders.
JoeMan

Very slim bulldog with skinny round shank and tapered bit.
ted

Sportster was started and discontinued before I started. Best I remember, they were Lark and Little Duke shapes in a Starfire finish.
Joe, If you have one, you can confirm that.. 52, 53, 54, 55, 56. No bent. td
colorduke

Must have been named after the Harley Davidson Sportster?
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