1956 BSA 500cc Gold Star Frame no. CB32 5496 Engine no. DB32GS 1038
Lot 418
1956 BSA 500cc Gold Star
Registration no. 727 BYB Frame no. CB32 5496 Engine no. DB32GS 1038
Sold for £ 13,512 (US$ 17,501) inc. premium

Lot Details
1956 BSA 500cc Gold Star
Registration no. 727 BYB
Frame no. CB32 5496
Engine no. DB32GS 1038
On Wednesday 30th June 1937, a specially prepared Empire Star 500 ridden by the great Wal Handley achieved a 100mph lap of the Brooklands circuit on its way to a debut race victory and award of the Gold Star that would give BSA’s new super sports model its evocative name. The Gold Star did not return to BSA’s post-WW2 range until 1949. First displayed at the Earls Court Show in 1948, the B32 Goldie boasted the telescopic front fork first introduced on BSAs larger models for 1946 and came equipped with a new alloy cylinder barrel and ’head. For 1950 a 500cc version – the B34 – was added to the range and this larger Goldie was the first to switch to the new die-cast top-end, with separate rocker box, in 1951. The 350 followed suit in 1952 and the pair continued as the ‘BB’ Gold Stars after the new swinging arm frame was introduced in 1953, changing to ‘CB’ designation for 1954. This change marked the introduction of the classic ‘big fin’ engine top end but the designation lasted only until the arrival of the ‘DB’ series in the autumn of 1955. The ‘DB’ incorporated a much improved lubrication system and, in the case of the 350 only, a stronger cylinder assembly; as such it represented the ‘Junior’ Goldie in its final form, there being no 350 equivalent of the final ‘DBD’ version of the 500.

Originally a 350, this particular Gold Star was purchased by the current owner in 1999 and fully restored professionally by Steve Tonkin in 2000/2001. During the restoration the engine was upgraded to 500cc and rebuilt to full Clubman specification, incorporating a roller bearing crankshaft, belt primary drive/clutch, five-speed gearbox and Amal Concentric Mk2 carburettor. Since completion the Goldie has covered fewer than 3,000 miles and the vendor advises us that it starts easily, rides well and performs and sounds exactly as a Goldie should. Presented in excellent condition, the machine is offered with Gold Star Owners’ Club dating certificate, sundry restoration invoices, current road fund licence/MoT and Swansea V5 document.
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