1954 BSA DBD34 499cc Gold Star Frame no. CB32GS 160 Engine no. BB34GS 1096
Lot 361
1954 BSA DBD34 499cc Gold Star
Registration no. 727 XUH Frame no. CB32GS 160 Engine no. BB34GS 1096
Sold for £10,925 (US$ 18,110) inc. premium
Lot Details
1954 BSA DBD34 499cc Gold Star
Registration no. 727 XUH
Frame no. CB32GS 160
Engine no. BB34GS 1096
Developed before WW2, the BSA ‘Gold Star’, named, of course, after the great Wal Handley’s Brooklands award for his BSA 100mph lap, was produced in small numbers only. Post-war, 1949 saw the model’s return and the beginning of a tremendous period of both race and off road success for the model, while the road ‘Gold Star’ benefited, of course, from the race-shop development. To ride a ‘Goldie’ became every BSA owner’s dream and thanks to the quality and robustness of the model, many riders did so. The bike’s fame has continued past the end of model production in 1963 and past the end of BSA itself in 1971. Indeed, there is a thriving industry in the production of spare parts to keep them on the road and even, it seems, of ‘replica’ machines of varying accuracy.
727 XUH is a genuine ‘Goldie’, correctly numbered for 1954, and in the rather more useable touring trim. Make no mistake, though, the power and speed obtainable is the same as the clip-on version, as any experienced rider knows. This nicely-presented machine has been cosmetically and mechanically rebuilt, using genuine BSA parts, for the collection of a confirmed BSA enthusiast, where it has been sparingly used and kept on display in heated surroundings since 2007 when last licensed. Presently fitted with an Amal Mk.2 carburettor for ease of use, the original G.P. carburettor comes with the ‘Goldie’ as does an old-style V5 and other papers. Needing only the usual safety checks, this is potentially a super buy.

Saleroom notices

  • This machine is a 1954 model BB34 which left the factory in December 1953. The correct frame number is CB32.160. The works record state that this frame left the factory fitted with engine '1093'. However another frame is also recorded as having engine '1093' fitted to it (on the same line in the factory records as CB32.160). Entry '1096' is a blank entry in the works records and the possibility exists that this is the original engine to the frame and that an error was made at the factory. There is a V5C present with this machine and not a V5.
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