1957 BSA 500cc Gold Star Road Racing Motorcycle            Frame no. DBD34GS2167 Engine no. to be advised

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Lot 143
1957 BSA 500cc Gold Star Road Racing Motorcycle
Frame no. DBD34GS2167 Engine no. to be advised

Sold for US$ 9,775 inc. premium
1957 BSA 500cc Gold Star Road Racing Motorcycle
Frame no. DBD34GS2167
Engine no. to be advised
In 1937, a specially prepared Empire Star 500 ridden by the great Wal Handley achieved a 100 mph 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. First displayed at the Earls Court Show in 1948, the B32 Goldie boasted the telescopic front fork and came equipped with a new alloy cylinder barrel and cylinder head. For 1950 the 500cc B34 was added to the range. 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-edition of the final 'DBD' specification.
Little is known about this vintage road race Goldie other than that it comes equipped with a Dell'Orto carburetor -presumably because of its ability to keep its tune. It was sold at a Daytona Beach auction in 1994 and then put into long term storage and thus it will require thorough re-commissioning before it hits the track again for it does not currently start and run. It is in good cosmetic condition and has a nearly new aluminum tank.

Footnotes

  • Offered on a Bill of Sale.

    As with all Lots in the Sale, this Lot is sold 'as is/where is' and Bidders must satisfy themselves as to the provenance, condition, age, completeness and originality prior to bidding.

Saleroom notices

  • Offered on a Bill of Sale. This motorcycle is equipped with a Bing carburetor not with a Dell'Orto carburetor.
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1957 BSA 500cc Gold Star Road Racing Motorcycle            Frame no. DBD34GS2167 Engine no. to be advised
1957 BSA 500cc Gold Star Road Racing Motorcycle            Frame no. DBD34GS2167 Engine no. to be advised
1957 BSA 500cc Gold Star Road Racing Motorcycle            Frame no. DBD34GS2167 Engine no. to be advised
1957 BSA 500cc Gold Star Road Racing Motorcycle            Frame no. DBD34GS2167 Engine no. to be advised
1957 BSA 500cc Gold Star Road Racing Motorcycle            Frame no. DBD34GS2167 Engine no. to be advised
1957 BSA 500cc Gold Star Road Racing Motorcycle            Frame no. DBD34GS2167 Engine no. to be advised
1957 BSA 500cc Gold Star Road Racing Motorcycle            Frame no. DBD34GS2167 Engine no. to be advised
1957 BSA 500cc Gold Star Road Racing Motorcycle            Frame no. DBD34GS2167 Engine no. to be advised
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