1962 BSA 650cc Rocket Gold Star Frame no. GA10 155 Engine no. DA10 R 7016

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Lot 345
1962 BSA 650cc Rocket Gold Star
Registration no. 951 AAM Frame no. GA10 155 Engine no. DA10 R 7016

£ 17,000 - 20,000
US$ 21,000 - 25,000
Withdrawn
1962 BSA 650cc Rocket Gold Star
Registration no. 951 AAM
Frame no. GA10 155
Engine no. DA10 R 7016
Widely recognised as one of the most desirable of all factory built 'café racers', the Rocket Gold Star arrived in 1962 along with the first of BSA's new unitary construction range. A combination of - mainly - Gold Star cycle parts and the A10 Super Rocket twin-cylinder engine, the newcomer represented the last of the old 'pre-unit' line rather than a new departure and thus was destined for a relatively short life. For some reason best known to BSA the RGS frame was unique, although not that different from the production A7/A10 item, as was the wider dual seat. The model was offered in a number of different forms and with a host of options relating to controls and equipment. Around 1,800 were made over a two-year period and today genuine examples are highly sought after.

This BSA Rocket Gold Star was purchased new by the immediately preceding owner's late brother from Pankhurst's Salisbury branch in April 1962. The original receipt, complete with 3d stamp, shows a payment of £328 18s 3d. A mobile plant engineer, the owner used it for travelling for many years until deciding it should be stored pending a complete rebuild. He undertook this task in 1987/88, adhering closely to the original specification. After being restored to pristine condition, the RGS was not ridden on the highway, although it was displayed and ridden in appropriate parades including Dorset's Great Steam Fair and/or Netley Marsh. It is perhaps no surprise that on its first appearance at Blandford it won the Organiser's Shield for 'Best Restoration'.

The current vendor purchased '951 AAM' at Bonhams' Oxford Sale on June 2010 (Lot 140), since when it has formed part of his private collection and been used sparingly. In Clubman trim when bought, it was converted by Mick Hemmings to touring trim but comes with all the removed Clubman parts: headlamp brackets, clip-ons, etc.

Effectively a 'two-owner' motorcycle, the machine is offered with the original Instruction Manual; numerous factory Service Sheets; original RF 60 logbook; current V5C document; MoT to 15th July 2015; correspondence from the BSAOC's librarian, Owen Wright, confirming that it was the 55th produced; and an April 1988 letter from the DVLA authenticating the registration mark. It should be noted that the logbook states the frame number as 'DA10 155', although it is clearly stamped on the machine as 'GA10 155'. The machine is offered with several original parts including exhaust pipes, an oil tank and toolbox, a rear hub, a cylinder barrel, etc.

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1962 BSA 650cc Rocket Gold Star Frame no. GA10 155 Engine no. DA10 R 7016
1962 BSA 650cc Rocket Gold Star Frame no. GA10 155 Engine no. DA10 R 7016
1962 BSA 650cc Rocket Gold Star Frame no. GA10 155 Engine no. DA10 R 7016
1962 BSA 650cc Rocket Gold Star Frame no. GA10 155 Engine no. DA10 R 7016
1962 BSA 650cc Rocket Gold Star Frame no. GA10 155 Engine no. DA10 R 7016
1962 BSA 650cc Rocket Gold Star Frame no. GA10 155 Engine no. DA10 R 7016
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