Star of the Earl's Court Show, Fully Motorized Engine and Suspension,1956 BSA B34 Gold Star Clubmans "Cutaway" Motorcycle and Display Stand

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Star of the Earl's Court Show, Fully Motorized Engine and Suspension
1956 BSA B34 Gold Star Clubmans "Cutaway" Motorcycle and Display Stand

US$ 250,000 - 350,000
£ 180,000 - 260,000
Star of the Earl's Court Show, Fully Motorized Engine and Suspension
1956 BSA B34 Gold Star Clubmans "Cutaway" Motorcycle and Display Stand

If there were a Sectioned Motorcycle Hall of Fame, this complete BSA Gold Star and its brazenly lettered display stand would be unanimous inductees. Originally built by BSA for the season-opening 1953 Earl's Court motorcycle exhibit in London, it was fully sectioned and motorized to show drivetrain function, including piston, crankshaft, clutch and valves. If that wasn't enough, a separate electric motor drives two eccentric discs which not only simultaneously turn the front and rear wheels, but also articulate the wheels up and down on their suspensions. Static sectioned parts include the petrol tank, the oil tank, the toolbox, gearbox and front fork legs, even the Lucas horn! Brakes are also sectioned and the rear suspension damper bodies are reproduced in clear Lucite to show the flow of their oil supply when working. As classic British cutaways go, you would be hard-pressed to find one grander.

BSA modified the Gold Star for the 1956 show when developments made the CB components of the 1953 model obsolete. It returned to Earl's Court as a DB/DBD model. The trail taken by these cutaways after their show days is always obtuse, but Bob Schanz, owner of DomiRacer vintage bikes and parts in Cincinnati, Ohio, was surprised to discover the Goldie in the hands of famous New Zealand racer Rod Coleman and his brother at their motorcycle shop in NZ in 1986. Long-term negotiations ensued as the Colemans were reluctant sellers, but Schanz persisted and eventually the BSA became the pride of his collection and was placed in front of the parts counter at DomiRacer for a long time.

In Schanz's care, lettering on the base was redone in time for the BSA to be loaned to the AMA Museum for exhibit, but when Harris acquired the display in 1999 much work needed to be done. Now fully operational, the mechanism is powered by its two original British electric motors, rebuilt to plug into U.S. 210-volt outlets. In the process, it was geared down so it now turns at approximately 9 rpm, half the original speed. Only a maker as big as BSA could be expected to invest the money in a fully motorized and articulated display motorcycle, and this is believed to be the only one ever built. Certainly, BSA never did another.

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Star of the Earl's Court Show, Fully Motorized Engine and Suspension,1956 BSA B34 Gold Star Clubmans "Cutaway" Motorcycle and Display Stand
Star of the Earl's Court Show, Fully Motorized Engine and Suspension,1956 BSA B34 Gold Star Clubmans "Cutaway" Motorcycle and Display Stand
Star of the Earl's Court Show, Fully Motorized Engine and Suspension,1956 BSA B34 Gold Star Clubmans "Cutaway" Motorcycle and Display Stand
Star of the Earl's Court Show, Fully Motorized Engine and Suspension,1956 BSA B34 Gold Star Clubmans "Cutaway" Motorcycle and Display Stand
Star of the Earl's Court Show, Fully Motorized Engine and Suspension,1956 BSA B34 Gold Star Clubmans "Cutaway" Motorcycle and Display Stand
Star of the Earl's Court Show, Fully Motorized Engine and Suspension,1956 BSA B34 Gold Star Clubmans "Cutaway" Motorcycle and Display Stand
Star of the Earl's Court Show, Fully Motorized Engine and Suspension,1956 BSA B34 Gold Star Clubmans "Cutaway" Motorcycle and Display Stand
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