1926 BSA 250cc Model B26 Deluxe 'Round Tank'
Registration no. YN 7909
Frame no. B 22398
Engine no. B 22385
This 'time warp' BSA B26 Deluxe (three-speed) was first registered on 7th April 1926 in London and purchased from the Egham Motor Company by the first registered owner's sister on the following day. The original itemised bill of sale (total purchase price £40 12s 3d) comes with the machine. 'YN 7909' was used for four years and then put into storage on 30th June 1930, remaining there until it changed hands in the 1970s, although it only moved 50 yards, being purchased by the original owner's neighbour. On 1st April 1989 the little BSA was bought by the present (third) owner, who is only the second person to ride it!
'YN 7909' remains outstandingly original: the paintwork, cables, chains, sprockets, handlebar grips and controls, footrest rubbers, brake blocks, etcetera are as fitted at the factory. The engine and gearbox have never been taken apart and the clutch has been adjusted only twice! The owner renewed the sparking plug and H-T lead in 2005 and changed the brake blocks for the MoT test prior to the 2009 Banbury Run, although the original items have been retained. Perishable items replaced at time of re-commissioning in 1989 include the tyres, magneto carbon brush, acetylene lighting tubes and the horn bulb.
Included in the sale are the original tool kit, tyre inflator and spare jets wrapped in the original tissue and contained in the original envelope, complete with the appropriate spanner. Accompanying documentation includes the BSA Guarantee; running-in instructions including oiling system hints; dealer's instructions for preparing the machine for the road; EIC magneto instruction book and guarantee; and owner's handbook. All of these items are contained in a fabric envelope sent by BSA to the original owner just after initial purchase, complete with King George V postage stamp. Also with the BSA is its original logbook, the tax disc that expired on 30th June 1930 and an 'On The Road' pocket book; these items contained in the envelope that the tax
office returned on 17th April 1930. Even the toolbox key has remained with the machine.
'YN 7909' has taken part in the VMCC's annual Banbury Run on three occasions, most recently in 2009, and on its first appearance in 1991 received the Jack Grove Memorial Award for the most original machine. It has been seen at many other events including The Manx Rally. Described as in good working order with 'sweet as a nut' engine, this wonderfully original and exceptionally well-documented Vintage-era BSA is offered with current MoT/tax and Swansea V5.
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