1955 BSA 500cc Gold Star
Registration no. KFF 181
Frame no. CB32 4182
Engine no. DBD34GS 4436
'Potent in appearance, with a massive square-finned alloy barrel and head, the first of the 1954 production BSA Gold Star Clubman's TT models, prototypes of which recently swept the board at Daytona, have started to come off the assembly line at Small heath.' Motor Cycling.
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.
The example offered here was fully restored by a previous owner in the 1990s. Little used thereafter, it was acquired by the current vendor in November 2000 and since then has been kept in dry storage and not ridden. Re-commissioning will be required before it returns to the road. Described by the vendor as in generally very good order, the machine is offered with two expired MoT certificates, sales invoice (2000) and an old-style V5 registration document.