1955 BSA 650cc Golden Flash A10
Registration no. UDT 804
Frame no. EA 7537
Engine no. CA10 6932
BSA unveiled their plunger sprung 650cc A10 Golden Flash in 1950, three years after the A7 500cc Star Twin. Finished in metallic gold, the 'Flash was an instant hit; countless examples going for export, as new bikes in Britain were virtually still on-the-ration. The engine of the 650cc pre-unit twin originated from a different design team than its 500cc sibling, the larger motor having input from brilliant designer Bert Hopwood, already responsible for Norton's successful twin cylinder Dominator. After the A10's UK availability improved it became the UK's most popular twin cylinder mount for sidecar drivers, thanks to its useful torque. From 1953 A10s were fitted with BSA's new swing-arm chassis, whose reputation for fine handling was second only to Norton's famous Featherbed chassis. The vendor bought UDT from Cake Street Classics in 2000, immediately beginning a no-expense-spared renovation, since when the Beeza was used quite sparingly, and justifiably regarded as the gem of his collection. Conforming closely to the Birmingham manufacturer's specification, and re-finished in metallic gold, the Golden Flash is presented in Concours condition. A further plus is the full-width alloy Ariel hubs, available as a little-known optional extra. Supplied with a BSAOC Dating Certificate (confirming its despatch date as 1/1/55), V5 and V5C registration documents, and 3 MOT Certificates, the last expiring in July 2004.