c.1953 BSA A10
One of BSA's most beloved engines, the new 650cc A10 twin joined the 500cc A7 model in 1949. The existing parallel-twin architecture was retained for the A10, with a 360-degree crankshaft and single camshaft at the rear of the cylinder block. A four-speed gearbox bolted directly to the crankcase in a form of semi-unit construction. Like the A7, the A10 was available initially with either a rigid frame or plunger rear suspension; it would be another four years before swingarm rear suspension superseded both. Named Golden Flash, initially the new 650 was strikingly finished in pale beige metallic, a sure standout when black predominated. Ever since the model's introduction, enthusiasts have commonly referred to the touring A10 as the "Golden Flash," even when it was finished in alternative color schemes, as is the case with this particular example, a black plunger frame model.
The vendor informs us that this 1950 A10 is in original condition with virtually all of its original fitments intact.
- Please note that the frame number for this motorcycle is ZA7510223; its correct engine number is ZA1015686 and its title is in transit.
Please note, that this motorcycle is subject to California Highway Patrol VIN inspection--a simple procedural matter on which the condition or history of the motorcycle has no bearing. Following the auction, this lot will be transported to Los Angeles, at no cost to the buyer, and will be available for collection from Los Angeles on January 14th.