1950 BSA 350cc ZB32 Gold Star
Registration no. DSV 738
Frame no. ZB32GS 1034
Engine no. ZB32GS 1034
The Gold Star story began as early as 1927 when BSA offered a tuned version of the 500cc 'Sloper' developing 24 BHP. As these machines were only modified internally, for identification within the factory and whilst in transit they had a temporary star stencilled on the timing cover. During the 30's BSA designer Herbert Perkins introduced a series of vertical singles, the tuned versions of which were called Blue Star.
By the mid-1930s BSA had introduced the Empire Star, initially available in 350cc or 500cc capacities but later offered as a '250'. Resplendent in green with 'star' tank badges, they had been developed under the eye of David Munro and had some similarity to the later Gold Star.
In 1937 an M24 Empire Star was tuned for an attempt to win a coveted Brooklands 'Gold Star', awarded for lapping the Brooklands outer circuit at over 100mph. On the tuned M24 Wal Handley achieved a lap at 107.57mph and the 'Gold Star' had arrived.
The all alloy, plunger-sprung B32 Gold Star was a surprise launch on the eve of the 1948 Motor Cycle Show. For the 1950 season BSA introduced the 499cc version alongside the 350cc B32 which, with suitable tuning would give 33bhp and 24bhp respectively.
The example for sale here is a 350cc ZB32 manufactured in 1950. It is being sold from the collection of well-known and prolific Wiltshire restorer, the late Brian Barber. Restored in the mid-1980s to Brian's usual meticulous standard, the machine has had little use since. It is currently on SORN and comes complete with Swansea V5, V5C, several old MoTs and expired tax discs.
This fine example has been in the Haynes International Motor Museum's British Motorcycle Collection for a number of years.