1938 BSA 249cc B22 Empire Star Frame no. JB20 3658 Engine no. JB22 737

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Lot 28
1938 BSA 249cc B22 Empire Star
Registration no. EHY 859 Frame no. JB20 3658 Engine no. JB22 737

Sold for £ 3,105 (US$ 3,951) inc. premium
1938 BSA 249cc B22 Empire Star
Registration no. EHY 859
Frame no. JB20 3658
Engine no. JB22 737
During the 1930s BSA concentrated on producing a range of dependable, well-made, competitively priced motorcycles. The firm's single-cylinder range was redesigned by Val Page for 1937, the engines taking on many of the characteristics they would retain in the post-war era, most notably dry-sump lubrication, rear-mounted magneto and that distinctively shaped timing cover. There were three new offerings in the 250 class: the sidevalve B20 and a pair of overhead-valve models – B20 and B22 - the latter designation being adopted for the top-of-the-range Empire Star. The new engines were housed in conventional cycle parts and drove via four-speed gearboxes, the Empire Star's benefiting from the convenience of foot change.

This pre-war BSA lightweight is offered with old/current Swansea V5/V5C documents and buff continuation logbook (issued 1955) listing the current vendor's father as '1st Change'.

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1938 BSA 249cc B22 Empire Star Frame no. JB20 3658 Engine no. JB22 737
1938 BSA 249cc B22 Empire Star Frame no. JB20 3658 Engine no. JB22 737
1938 BSA 249cc B22 Empire Star Frame no. JB20 3658 Engine no. JB22 737
1938 BSA 249cc B22 Empire Star Frame no. JB20 3658 Engine no. JB22 737
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