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Country:JapanPrimary Focus:Bicycle Frames
Years of Operation:1951 - 1989
General Information
Mr Konosuke Matsushita, founder of National/Panasonic, was an adoptee into a family who operated a bicycle shop. His first product was a socket which would accept two light bulbs screwed into one light fixture. From there he built an empire of electric, electronic, banking, appliances and of course bicycles and bicycle tires. He was passionate about cycles and cycling.


History
History by Year

1989
  • Final year of Panasonic Bicycle sales in North America 
1980
  • Began to export bicycles to T.I. Raleigh (U.S.A.)
  • Japanese Olympic Bicycle Team adopted Panasonic racing bicycles for the 1980 Moscow Olympics
1979
  • Began to export frames and bicycles to Europe.
  • Began to export frames and bicycles to Canada.
  • Began to export frames and bicycles to Australia.
  • Organized Panasonic/Shimano Racing Team in U.S.A.
1976
  • Japanese Olympic Bicycle Team adopted our bicycles for the Montreal Olympics.
  • Racing and 10 Speed bicycles were selected as up-to-date bicycles among the world bicycling manufacturers and demonstrated at Benjamin Franklin Institute in Philadelphia
1974
  • Wheel Assembly Factory Established
1973
  • Reward received for quality control from Osaka division of M.I.T.I.
1972
  • Japanese Olympic Bicycle Team adopted our racing bicycles for Munich Olympics.
1971
  • Panasonic Bicycles exported to the USA
1967
  • Japanese National Team uses Panasonic/National Bicycles
1965
  • National Bicycle factory established in Osaka
1962
  • JIS License Granted For Complete Bicycles
1958
  • JIS License Granted
1956
  • Sport type bicycle production begins
1952
  • Production of a roadster-model bicycle by C.K.D. National Tire Company established
1951
  • Bicycle frame production begins 1923 Battery powered bicycle headlamp was developed


Frame Models
ModelCategoryProducedSold AsExamples
Panasonic PR-6000Road RaceEarly 1990'sComplete Bicycle3
Panasonic Team AmericaRoad Race1985 - 1987Complete Bicycle1
Panasonic Team Custom (PICS)Road Race1988 - 1989Complete Bicycle, Bare Frameset1
Panasonic DX-3000Road Sport1980 - 1989Complete Bicycle1
Panasonic Sport 500Road Sport1980'sComplete Bicycle1
Frame Serial Numbers(click to expand)
Serial NumberFrame DetailYearAdded By
JT-3Panasonic PR-6000 (1990)1990Elev12K
VE-3-91Panasonic PR-6000 (1991)1991Elev12K
 
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