1938 BSA 350cc B24 Silver Star Frame no. KB 241452 Engine no. KB 24790
Lot 273
Property of Bernie Leigh,1938 BSA 350cc B24 Silver Star Frame no. KB 241452 Engine no. KB 24790
Sold for £4,370 (US$ 7,080) inc. premium

Lot Details
Property of Bernie Leigh
1938 BSA 350cc B24 Silver Star
Registration no. ARP 831
Frame no. KB 241452
Engine no. KB 24790
For seventy years or more Motorcycle Reliability Trials were a perfect shop-window for manufacturers requiring positive publicity; on the basis, mind, that their machines finished successfully in the designated event! In fact competition was just as fierce between factories prior to WWI as in recent times. In the early days of course – in such contests as the London to Edinburgh Trial – simply reaching the destination was regarded as a worthy achievement, prompting organisers to introduce a selection of muddy or rock-strewn gradients along the route. As machines improved these hazards became increasingly severe inasmuch by the 1930s, the observation element – where riders lost points for footing or stopping – had become more important than the reliability factor. It was in this era that virtually every major factory began offering specific models; knobbly tyres, alloy mudguards giving adequate tyre clearance, a raised exhaust system, plus a frame providing additional ground clearance and steering lock, were the items distinguishing a competition spec. Made in relatively low volumes these bikes were often marketed as Colonial models. The Silver Star was purchased as a collection of parts from the estate of John Gardner, widely respected former Registrar for BSA Gold Stars; a project to which he'd been looking forward, before his untimely passing. Since completion the Silver Star has been test ridden only; it requires detailed preparation before being galloped in anger. Supplied with a V5C, V11, and an MOT Certificate (expiring September 2011), plus a letter to John Gardner from the Gold Star Owners Club confirming the machine's authenticity.
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