Offered from the estate of the late Clifford Jones
1960 BSA 646cc Gold Star
Registration no. 741 YUJ
Frame no. CB32 9470
Engine no. DA10R 1575
The machine offered here, although superficially similar to a Rocket Gold Star, is in fact a 'special', combining a genuine Gold Star frame with a Super Rocket engine. Perhaps the most surprising thing about the Rocket Gold Star is that it took BSA so long to get around to the idea of putting its 646cc twin-cylinder engine into the chassis of its top-of-the-range sports single. Of course, it wasn't quite as simple as that. For some reason best known to BSA, the RGS frame was unique, although not that different from the production A7/A10 item, as was the wider dual seat.
Widely recognised as one of the most desirable of all factory built 'café racers', the Rocket Gold Star arrived in 1962 along with the first of BSA's new unitary construction range that soon would supersede it. A combination of - mainly - Gold Star cycle parts and the A10 Super Rocket twin-cylinder engine, the newcomer represented the last of the old 'pre-unit' line rather than a new departure and thus was destined for a relatively short life. The model was offered in a number of different forms and with a host of options relating to controls and equipment. Around 1,800 were made over a two-year period and today genuine examples are highly sought after.
A BSA Owners' Club dating certificate on file states that this machine's frame formed part of a B34 Gold Star despatched to Loxham's of Preston in March 1960 and that the engine was originally in a Super Rocket sent to Cundle's of Liverpool, also in March 1960. Other documentation reveals that its late owner was trying to obtain the registration 'MFA 717' for this machine, but as 'MFA 717' had quite different frame/engine numbers it is not surprising that it ended up with an age-related plate: '741 YUJ'. Evidently some work was in progress when its owner died, as the rear of the machine (seat, mudguard, stays, etc) is loosely assembled. Last taxed for the road to 28th February 2013, this handsome Gold Star 'special' is offered with Haynes workshop manual, Draganfly BSA spares list, sundry invoices and Swansea V5C registration document.