1960 BSA 500cc Gold Star
Registration no. 6161 MH
Frame no. CB32 10026
Engine no. DBD34GS 5626
On Wednesday 30th June 1937, a specially prepared Empire Star 500 ridden by the great Wal Handley achieved a 100mph lap of the Brooklands circuit on its way to a debut race victory and award of the Gold Star that would give BSAs new super sports model its evocative name. Possibly the most successful production racing motorcycle ever, the post-war Gold Star formed the mainstay of clubmans racing in the 1950s. In fact, it was the models domination of the Isle of Man Clubmans TT which led to the event being dropped after Gold Star rider Bernard Codds 1956 Senior/Junior double victory.
While its trials and scrambles derivatives demonstrated the designs versatility by chalking up an equally impressive record in off-road competition, for the majority of enthusiasts the 500cc DBD34 in Clubmans trim is the epitome of the Goldie. The DBD, the ultimate road-going 500 Gold Star, appeared in 1956 when the famous RRT2 close-ratio gearbox and 190mm front brake became standard equipment. From then on BSAs perennially popular sporting single changed little until its much-lamented demise in 1963. Today, the Gold Star remains one of the most highly sought after of post-war British motorcycles and is supported by a most enthusiastic owners club.
This matching-numbers DBD34 was manufactured in the classic Clubmans trim and sold new via Strand Motor Cycles, of Harringay, London N4 to first owner, Mr P E Humphreys, who part-exchanged his Triumph Tiger 100 for it. Presented in 1st class condition in all respects, this outstanding DBD34 Goldie is offered with its original bill of sale and hire-purchase agreement; engine dynamometer test sheet; old-style logbook; BSA Gold Star Owners Club dating letter; assorted Gold Star literature; and Swansea V5C document. In addition, there are eight MoT certificates on file for the period May 2001 at 558 miles to May 2008 at 1,830 miles, which presumably is the distance travelled since the machines restoration.
- The frame number on this machine has been restamped and is illegible. Lot sold stricty as viewed.