1961 BSA 499cc DBD34 Gold Star
Registration no. 351 RKN
Frame no. CB32 10970
Engine no. DBD34GS-6403
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 BSA's new super sports model its evocative name. Possibly the most successful production racing motorcycle ever, the post-war Gold Star formed the mainstay of Clubman's racing in the 1950s. While its trials and scrambles derivatives demonstrated the design's versatility by chalking up an equally impressive record in off-road competition, for the majority of enthusiasts the 500cc DBD34 in Clubman's trim is the epitome of the 'Goldie'. The ultimate road going 500 Gold Star, the DBD appeared in 1956 when the famous RRT2 close-ratio gearbox and 190mm front brake became standard equipment. From then on BSA's 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 Goldie was purchased by the current owner in July 1980 and restored over the next five years, since when it has been kept indoors. Not started for the past two years because of the vendor's ill health, the machine is described as in generally good condition and offered with old-style continuation logbook and Swansea V5. Some additional chromium plating is the only notified deviation from factory specification.