BSA 500cc Gold Star
Lot 414
Offered from the estate of the late Clifford Jones,1959 BSA 500cc DBD34 Gold Star Frame no. CB32 8974 Engine no. DBD34GS 3780
Sold for £8,625 (US$ 14,483) inc. premium
Lot Details
Offered from the estate of the late Clifford Jones
1959 BSA 500cc DBD34 Gold Star
Registration no. 7093 WE
Frame no. CB32 8974
Engine no. DBD34GS 3780
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. In fact, it was the model's domination of the Isle of Man Clubman's TT which led to the event being dropped after Gold Star rider Bernard Codd's 1956 Senior/Junior double victory.

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 DBD, the ultimate road going 500 Gold Star, 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.

Previously owned by one Stuart Horne of Redditch and before him by Robert Anderson of Willow Green, Newcastle upon Tyne, this DBD 34 Goldie was acquired by the late owner in May 2010. A BSA Gold Star Owners' Club letter on file states that the factory Despatch Book shows that engine number '3780' originally formed part of a machine despatched to the USA in 1959 while frame number '8974' went to Bolton, Lancashire, also in 1959. Invoices on file issued by respected marque specialist, Phil Pearson, detail an engine rebuild undertaken in August 2001 that included a new crankshaft, cylinder liner and Wiseco piston. Other accompanying documents include the 2010 purchase receipt, assorted SORN paperwork, email correspondence, old/current Swansea V5Cs and an expired MoT certificate (May 2010). Two volumes of BSA Service Sheets are included in the sale.
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