1952 BSA 348cc B31
Registration no. MOK 964
Frame no. ZB31S 122602
Engine no. ZB31 26883
This plunger-suspended B31 dates from 1952, a time when the worldwide nickel shortage resulting from the Korean War forced manufacturers to curtail the number of chromium-plated fittings; BSA kept the exhaust pipes, silencers and minor fittings plated but tanks and wheel rims were painted. The machine had been off the road for some time when it was acquired by the immediately preceding owner, John Russell, in the 1970s. Original and complete at time of acquisition, it was restored in 1996, the engine being rebuilt with a 'new old stock' standard-size cylinder barrel and piston. All the original fittings were retained and re-plated with the exception of the exhaust system, which was replaced. 'MOK 964' was used regularly but sparingly for the next seven years, and had covered only 500-or-so miles since restoration when it was purchased by its current owner from Bonhams' Stafford sale in April 2008 (Lot 513). Last taxed for the road to 31.07.11, the machine is offered with all MoTs for the period 1997-2002; a quantity of 1960s tax discs; Swansea V5C document; and old-style continuation logbook issued 1962 recording three owners prior to John Russell and a change of frame in 1964.
- The correct frame number for this machine is: ZB31S22602