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The Autumn Stafford Sale – The Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show / 1955 BSA 520cc Gold Star Frame no. CB32 4342 Engine no. DB.34.GS.166

Preview Lot
1955 BSA 520cc Gold Star
Registration no. LBL 372 Frame no. CB32 4342 Engine no. DB.34.GS.166
16 October 2022, 10:00 BST
Stafford, Staffordshire County Showground

£8,000 - £10,000

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1955 BSA 520cc Gold Star
Registration no. LBL 372
Frame no. CB32 4342
Engine no. DB.34.GS.166

• Known ownership from new
• Present ownership 1964-1967 and 1974 to date
• Engine rebuilt by Phil Pearson

This BSA Gold Star was first registered on 27th April 1955. In 2011 the vendor spoke to the original owner, Harry Argent, who was 27 years old in 1955. Mr Argent said that he raced the Goldie for three years on short circuits including in endurance races at Thruxton before selling the bike in 1958 (see original buff logbook on file listing all owners from new). The vendor first purchased the machine in April 1964 from dealer Bill Fruin of Benson, Oxfordshire and kept it until 1967 when it was sold to John Rickard. In 1968 Mr Rickard sold the BSA to the vendor's brother, and the vendor duly repurchased the machine in 1974. The original frame (number 'CB32 2392') was damaged and so the engine was transferred to another period-correct frame (number 'CB 4342') in 1976 (see logbook). The original registration number 'LBL 372' was retained. (It should be noted that BSA factory records show that frame 'CB 4342' formed part of a Gold Star exported new to Ceylon [Sri Lanka] in February 1955.)

The machine had little use until 2000/2001 when it took part in the VMCC Manx Rallies and Parades on the Isle of Man TT circuit. In 2002 the engine was replaced with a Pearson 604cc unit and the Goldie continued to be entered in Manx events until 2011. The Gold Star Club was made aware of the engine change.

In 2002 marque specialist Phil Pearson rebuilt the original engine ('DB.34.GS.166') with a new bottom end and re-bored barrel (for a capacity of 520cc). The original engine was put into storage until 2012 when it was reinstalled in the frame. The machine retains the original RRT gearbox and has a Bob Newby belt drive and clutch, while the electrical system has been upgraded to 12 volts. On 12th August 2012 the Goldie was ridden for an MoT test (see certificate) and since then has been kept in storage. It has yet to be run in and will require re-commissioning before further use. The machine comes with old/current V5/V5C documents and is offered without keys (including the throttle lock), however this does not affect its running. Prospective purchasers should satisfy themselves with regard to this motorcycle's provenance, originality and correctness prior to bidding.
Offered without key

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