1956 BSA 500cc DBD34 Gold Star Frame no. CB32 5021 Engine no. DBD34GS 2138
Lot 284
1956 BSA 500cc DBD34 Gold Star Frame no. CB32 5021 Engine no. DBD34GS 2138
Sold for £11,500 (US$ 18,034) inc. premium

Lot Details
1956 BSA 500cc DBD34 Gold Star Frame no. CB32 5021 Engine no. DBD34GS 2138 1956 BSA 500cc DBD34 Gold Star Frame no. CB32 5021 Engine no. DBD34GS 2138 1956 BSA 500cc DBD34 Gold Star Frame no. CB32 5021 Engine no. DBD34GS 2138 1956 BSA 500cc DBD34 Gold Star Frame no. CB32 5021 Engine no. DBD34GS 2138 1956 BSA 500cc DBD34 Gold Star Frame no. CB32 5021 Engine no. DBD34GS 2138 1956 BSA 500cc DBD34 Gold Star Frame no. CB32 5021 Engine no. DBD34GS 2138 1956 BSA 500cc DBD34 Gold Star Frame no. CB32 5021 Engine no. DBD34GS 2138 1956 BSA 500cc Gold Star DBD34GS 1956 BSA 500cc Gold Star DBD34GS 1956 BSA 500cc Gold Star DBD34GS 1956 BSA 500cc Gold Star DBD34GS 1956 BSA 500cc Gold Star DBD34GS 1956 BSA 500cc Gold Star DBD34GS 1956 BSA 500cc Gold Star DBD34GS 1956 BSA 500cc Gold Star DBD34GS 1956 BSA 500cc Gold Star DBD34GS 1956 BSA 500cc Gold Star DBD34GS 1956 BSA 500cc Gold Star DBD34GS 1956 BSA 500cc Gold Star DBD34GS
1956 BSA 500cc DBD34 Gold Star
Registration no. 687 NTF
Frame no. CB32 5021
Engine no. DBD34GS 2138
'In over 50 years of dealing in motorcycles I have never seen a better presented Gold Star. I must say my own collection is mostly pre-war but if I had a desire for a true icon of a post-war machine this particular bike would be it.' – Brian Verrall.

The BSA Gold Star that the late and highly respected dealer/collector Brian Verrall was referring to is that offered here, '687 NTF', which was purchased from him by the current vendor in May 2004 (invoice on file). An accompanying letter to Brian Verrall from John Gardner of the Gold Star Owners Club states that the example with frame number 'CB32 5021' and engine number 'DBD34GS 2138' was despatched from the factory to BSA Inc of New Jersey on 16th May 1956. The machine was re-imported in July 1991; a dating certificate was issued (in November '91) and the BSA was first registered in the UK on 1st April 1996. Its owner at that time was a Mr Daryl Whelan of Castleford (the previous registered keeper) who transferred to it the registration '687 NTF', which formerly had been on a 1960 BSA B31.

In August 2001 the Goldie was sold to American photographer and motorcycle collector Mithra Neuman, at that time resident in the UK, passing to Brian Verrall when he purchased Mr Neuman's collection in 2004. While owned by Mithra Neuman, '687 NTF' was chosen to illustrate Classic Bike magazine's 2002 Calendar (copy on file), which shows it in touring trim. By the time Brian Verrall sold the Goldie to the current vendor it had been converted to Clubman specification. The vendor returned it to the more comfortable touring trim soon after acquisition (the Clubman-type clip-on handlebars are included in the sale).

Parts replaced while in the current ownership include the front wheel bearings, front brake shoes, fuel pipes and battery (the latter in 2012) while sensible modifications include an 'anti-sumping' valve and cartridge-type oil filter. Expired MoT certificates on file (12 in number) show the odometer reading increasing from 2,795 in May 1997 to 8,481 in July 2011; a total of only 5,686 miles in 14 years, while the current certificate issued 14th August 2012 records a reading of 8,482 miles. The machine is offered with the aforementioned documentation, sundry invoices, a selection of colour photographs and Swansea V5C registration document.
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