1969 BSA Rocket 3 Frame no. BC01648A75R Engine no. BC01648A75R
Lot 268
1969 BSA 750cc A75 Rocket 3 Frame no. BC01648A75R Engine no. BC01648A75R
Sold for US$ 14,625 inc. premium
Lot Details
1969 BSA 750cc A75 Rocket 3
Frame no. BC01648A75R
Engine no. BC01648A75R
BSA's long awaited 750cc 'triple', unveiled in 1968, reached the market some two years later than originally planned, a delay that proved commercially disastrous for the long established British manufacturer. Honda's all-conquering 750 'four' arrived in 1969 and, as is so often quoted, the rest is history! Leaving these issues aside, however, the Rocket 3 was not without potential, whether for sports touring or on the competition front. Cosmetically different to its Triumph T150 sibling, the Beeza is arguably more attractive due to the forward-sloping engine. Although regarded in its initial incarnation as rather 'slabby' – possibly because the styling was entrusted to an auto studio – the Rocket 3 underwent a major re-style two years later, emerging as a universally handsome motorcycle. Today, ironically, enthusiasts have started to appreciate its unusual lines. Together with that inherently smooth engine and a readily available supply of parts, BSA's final production model is an attractive prospect for discerning enthusiasts of British 'iron'.

The vendor reports that the machine has been carefully up-kept, as opposed to restored, and that the close-to-stock Rocket 3 "runs pretty smooth", undoubtedly assisted by the recent fitment of three new Amal concentric carburettors and a Boyer ignition system. With just over 6000 miles recorded, it is not surprising that the BSA has won at Concours level. The BSA is offered with a Service Manual and Parts Book, plus a selection of other relevant literature.
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