1924 BSA 349cc Model L Frame no. D3213 Engine no. 3263

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Lot 474
1924 BSA 349cc Model L
Registration no. BY 9986 Frame no. D3213 Engine no. 3263

£ 4,000 - 6,000
US$ 5,300 - 7,900
1924 BSA 349cc Model L
Registration no. BY 9986
Frame no. D3213
Engine no. 3263
The Birmingham Small Arms Company first experimented with powered two-wheelers in the latter years of the 19th Century and then again in 1905. These first motorcycles made by BSA used proprietary engines such as the Belgian Minerva, and it was not until 1910 that the firm introduced a BSA designed and built machine. Introduced for 1923, the Model L, as it would come to be known, is noteworthy as BSA's first production motorcycle to have overhead valves. Complementing this new 349cc sports model was an otherwise similar sidevalve version sharing essentially the same cycle parts. 'To the sporting solo rider who asks for a "go anywhere" mount, its records in the Scottish Six Days' Trial and the International Trials in Sweden in 1923 stand as recommendation,' stated Pitman's Book of the BSA, reviewing the sidevalve version of the Model L.

First registered in 1924 and described as being a good, clean and original machine, this sidevalve Model L has not run for some time but has been dry-stored and would appear only to require sympathetic re-commissioning and the usual safety checks before further use. The paintwork has been sympathetically tidied - possibly as part of an older restoration - and the machine comes complete with P&H acetylene lighting set and correctly nickel-plated handlebar fittings. A useable, flat-tank BSA, 'BY 9986' is offered with a Swansea V5 document.
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