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1963 Lady Kenmore Dryer for sale
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Post# 489597   1/17/2011 at 16:05 (1,193 days old) by countryford (Phoenix, AZ)        

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Just seen this ad on craigslist in the Los Angeles area. Looks to be a 1963 Lady Kenmore dryer in pink. A bit pricy. Hope someone can save it though.

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Post# 489828 , Reply# 1   1/18/2011 at 09:57 (1,192 days old) by appliguy (Oakton Va.)        
That is not the original dryer door

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 You can tell by the door handle that the door was manufactured betwseen 1965 and 1971. ...PAT COFFEY


Post# 489840 , Reply# 2   1/18/2011 at 11:49 (1,192 days old) by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

I agree with Pat that the door handle is later than '63. Perhaps it broke and had to be replaced.

On the other hand, remember this dryer is a Sears Kenmore, and we know they had almost infinite variations in their models. I don't have a copy of the Fall & Winter '64 catalog for proof, but am thinking they still offered Pink until about that time. Also, I can't tell for certain on my monitor if this dryer is really Pink, or if it's the Doeskin color they had in the mid 60's. Nor is the pic sharp enough to tell if it say Lady Kenmore or just Sears Kenmore. Would be nice if people would provide more information such as model # on things they're trying to sell.

Maybe Gordon can provide more info on this.


Post# 489849 , Reply# 3   1/18/2011 at 12:19 (1,192 days old) by Combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
1963 LKM DRYER

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Good eye Pat on spotting the different door handle, I do know that the 1963 LKM 800s were made into 1965 this was a very popular model and it was carried over longer than usual.

Post# 490016 , Reply# 4   1/19/2011 at 03:42 (1,191 days old) by Kenmoreguy64 (Charlotte, NC)        
Fascinating!

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While I wouldn't go so far as saying these dryers are plentiful, there sure are some left out there, even in 2011. There was a sunny yellow one in Stockton, CA last summer/fall on Craigslist.

The '65 door handle on this model is a first for me on a '63 model, but it stands to reason. I had previously learned that the '63, '64, and '65 LK models seem to have remained available for sale new concurrently, so now we know that this went on long enough into 1965 to make the handle switch mid-year. The '65 Lady Ks seem to have been common with both handle designs.

To see if this was a factory configuration, I went to the Sears website and looked at parts schematics. The starting or entry model number for this dryer should be something like 110.6308800 (the first one on the list is 110.6308801 on the site). If you enter an asterisk in the last field, Sears will show you all the applicable models, which come up 110.6308801 to 110.6308807. This means that after the original, the dryer was revised 6 times after the first issue. These revisions could be as simple as changing one cosmetic handle, to more relevant changes such as different heating elements, which also changed during the production run.

The '807 machine sure enough shows having the bigger, textured handle! Cool tidbit of trivia!

I'm going to twist Kevin's arm to go acquire this baby!

Gordon



Post# 490036 , Reply# 5   1/19/2011 at 07:01 (1,191 days old) by appliguy (Oakton Va.)        
WOW!!!!!!

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I had no idea that dryer was made for so long wouldn't it be cool to get the matching washer....I also remember seeing the 1963 Series70 set in a 1965 catalog as well but they still had the original 1963 style door handles....PAT COFFEY


Post# 490040 , Reply# 6   1/19/2011 at 07:33 (1,191 days old) by Combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
1963 LKMs

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I believe these may have been the most popular [ till maybe the 1980s ] LKMs ever made for a number of reasons. 1 these were the only model kept in production for nearly three years 2 the 1963s were more sensible and less expensive than the 1958-1962 LKMs and after 1963 they started to load up the newer LKMs with more and more features and many people went down a model or two in the line. I consider the really great Lady Kenmores to be the 1957- 1975 models once they went to the plain black face machines they lost that over the top styling and just didn't do much for me. They did have a bit of a revivable with the electronic Limited Edition series on the last BDs and the beautiful DDs like Jamie just got.

Post# 490094 , Reply# 7   1/19/2011 at 11:00 (1,191 days old) by KenmoreGuy64 (Charlotte, NC)        

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I agree with John, though the '72 Lady Ks seem to have been pretty prolific as well, being available from late 1971 until early 1974, when replaced by the large capacity 1974 model. The 1966 Lady may hold the record for having the most "offspring" or similar but not exact models that came around from 1967 to 1971.

I may be one of the most fervent 1970s/1980s Kenmore black panel fans on this site, but I can see John's point about the Lady K no longer capturing the glamour and pizzaz if you will, that they once had. The black panel Ladies offered a lot of stuff that I would never use. Yes indeed, the electronic machines were cool in their own right, but I am more of a BOL fan than TOL.

I think the 1963 Lady K, just as John said, wasn't overloaded with features, it was, in my opinion, incredibly attractive, and functional. Some of the future models, though full of interesting features, would have gone largely unappreciated in my house because we have always been happy with two speeds, more than 3 water levels, and a normal and delicate cycle. That's all I ever use, and I don't use the low speed very often.

I just took delivery today of a 1963 Lady K washer in Coppertone. It came out of its original installation from a Philadelphia home. Since I have a matching dryer, this could be cool! The washer needs some work, so I'll be enjoying that this year.

Gordon


Post# 490105 , Reply# 8   1/19/2011 at 11:41 (1,191 days old) by RevvinKevin (Between Mickey Mouse & the Queen Mary (So. Cal.)        
FYI... I contacted the seller...

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... and the dryer is WHITE... not pink.

 

Yeah, I agree, pricey, especially since it's NOT pink.

 

Kevin


Post# 490110 , Reply# 9   1/19/2011 at 12:04 (1,191 days old) by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        
White, not Pink

That's the problem with a photograph. It is subject to the lighting conditions, surroundings and camera variations. Then add in monitor settings, and it's not surprising we can't tell White from Pink or Doeskin. I've even see pics that items appeared Avocado, but were Harvest Gold.

Post# 490152 , Reply# 10   1/19/2011 at 13:58 (1,191 days old) by KenmoreGuy64 (Charlotte, NC)        

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Kevin,

Yeah, $150 is expensive, do you think they will negotiate? The dryer would go oh so nicely with your also white 63 washer!!! nudge nudge nudge.....

G


Post# 490841 , Reply# 11   1/22/2011 at 18:45 (1,188 days old) by 70series ( Connecticut.)        

Congratulations Gordon on getting that 1963 Coppertone LK. It will look wonderful next to the matching dryer.

Have a good one,
James





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