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Post# 148704   8/25/2011 at 06:33 (4,563 days old) by massagemiracle ()        

Sunbeam Challenger Canister vacuum, I remember seeing these in the stores. Never forget that avocado color!  Just happen to come across this morning on Ebay, listing number 200645277956, looks pretty good.

Post# 148719 , Reply# 1   8/25/2011 at 08:57 (4,563 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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The Sunbeam Challenger came in several flavors over the years and a power nozzle was added at the end.

It was the late 1960s & early 1970s. Avocado Green and vinyl genuine imitation woodgraining was all the rage.

Post# 148722 , Reply# 2   8/25/2011 at 09:09 (4,563 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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But the ultra deluxe Challenger has to be the extraordinarily exuberant debut TOL model fully decked out with green accessories and a flowered shift.

I found this one on eBay a few years back, for a song. All that was missing was the dusting brush and I got that from Camelot Shadow Christine in California a few months later. And bags, I believe from Doug Smith.

Odd looking duck that must have been 'designed' by the Sunbeam engineers to be the Complete All-in-One Vacuum Machine.

Post# 148723 , Reply# 3   8/25/2011 at 09:12 (4,563 days old) by massagemiracle ()        

Now the one with the flowers is the one I remember! Singer always had "mod" style vacuums it seemed! Appealing to the younger in crowd!

Post# 148740 , Reply# 4   8/25/2011 at 15:51 (4,563 days old) by chuffle (Rural Pennsylvania)        
Now, I am curious...

In many of the photos above, I see a little metal lever in front of the large rear wheel.  What is the purpose of that "gizmo?" 


Some sort of a little brake for the rear wheel, the little rubber nub wedging upon the wheel?  Am I overlooking the obvious?


Do enlighten me!



Post# 148745 , Reply# 5   8/25/2011 at 16:58 (4,563 days old) by henry200 (Saint Paul MN)        
Rear brakes first!

Yes, it's a brake, to prevent the cleaner from rolling backwards when cleaning stairs.  (Picture the cleaner's back end resting on a step and the front on the the step above)

Post# 148757 , Reply# 6   8/25/2011 at 18:21 (4,563 days old) by chuffle (Rural Pennsylvania)        

Thanks for the braking info.



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