BSA 500cc Gold Star
Lot 416
Offered from the estate of the late Clifford Jones,1956 BSA 500cc DBD34 Gold Star Frame no. CB32 4528 Engine no. DBD34GS 2572
Sold for £8,625 (US$ 14,482) inc. premium
Lot Details
Offered from the estate of the late Clifford Jones
1956 BSA 500cc DBD34 Gold Star
Registration no. 729 XUA
Frame no. CB32 4528
Engine no. DBD34GS 2572
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.

An email printout on file states that the factory Gold Star Despatch Book shows that engine number '2572' originally formed part of a machine despatched to Paris while frame number '4528' went to the USA. Apparently, this machine was built by marque specialist Len Haggis circa 2006 and subsequently resided in Portugal. It was acquired by the late owner in July 2012 and last taxed to 31st December of that year. The odometer currently displays a total of 1,124 miles, which may well be the distance covered since the machine's restoration. Accompanying documentation consists of some Gold Star related literature, Amal GP carburettor instructions, SORN paperwork, Swansea V5C and three old MoT certificates (most recent expired 13th November 2012).
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