BSA A65 Thunderbolt
Lot 237
1971 BSA 654cc Thunderbolt Frame no. CE02692 A65 Engine no. AE04444 A65T
Sold for £3,565 (US$ 6,062) inc. premium
Lot Details
1971 BSA 654cc Thunderbolt
Frame no. CE02692 A65
Engine no. AE04444 A65T
For 1965, BSA's original A65 Star single-carburettor touring twin was replaced by the A65 Thunderbolt, joining the twin-carburettor Lightning, and both continued after the range was given a major makeover for the 1971 season. In this, its final incarnation, BSA's 650 gained a new oil-bearing frame, Ceriani-style front forks with exposed stanchions, and conical wheel hubs. As ever, the single-carburettor Thunderbolt was preferred by many riders, being more economical, easier to keep in tune and only marginally less powerful than its twin-carb equivalent. Restored in 2006, this example of BSA's swansong 650 currently displays a total of 6,094 miles on the odometer and is said to be in 'as new' condition. The machine is offered with Netherlands registration papers. It should be noted that the engine, although of the same year, is not original to the frame.
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