1930 BSA 500cc S.30 'Sloper'
Registration no. VN 1337
Frame no. XH 8630
Engine no. XS 2739
Along with much of the UK industry in the late vintage period, BSA embraced the then fashionable 'sloper' concept, the forward-inclined engine seen as having advantages for compact design and for vibrating less. BSA made good ones, the o.h.v. range being distinctly sporty. Their side-valve 'Slopers', much the bigger sellers, were noted for their lightness, lower cost and quiet reliability, all of importance for riders during the 1930s depression. The fashion, though, was short-lived, making surviving side-valve 'Slopers' quite scarce, since their reliability in hard times meant that most were ridden until they would go no more. VN 1337 was discovered during a house clearance, deeply entombed at the rear of a dry, but completely full, workshop. Unlike most 'barn-finds', this one is in excellent, original condition, obviously cherished, an excellent prospect for VMCC events after re-commissioning. Offered without documents.
- There are no documents to prove that the registration number quoted ('VN 1337') belongs to this machine.