1967 BSA 650cc A65 Hornet Engine no. A65 HA 8049-Y

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Lot 102
1967 BSA 650cc A65 Hornet
Engine no. A65 HA 8049-Y

Sold for US$ 5,520 inc. premium
1967 BSA 650cc A65 Hornet
Engine no. A65 HA 8049-Y
The Sixties was a golden era for amateur racing in the U.S. It was a time before motorcycle types became super-specialized, and bikes like this BSA 650 Hornet twin, stripped down from the factory, could be found on flat tracks, scrambles courses, dragstrips or out in the desert. 'Fast, rugged, designed for top performance in TT, scrambles, any kind of off-road competition,' enticed BSA's magazine ad.

BSA's unit-construction A65 engine was introduced for 1962 lasting until 1973The Hornet was one of many variants, an obvious answer to Triumph's 650 TT Special, another pruned-for-racing model. The Hornet had just a tachometer for instrumentation and its short, straight-through exhaust pipes let loose with a healthy racket. A lighting coil was part of the package, so some Hornets sprouted small headlights and made their way onto the street. Many others were modified even further for serious competition. Most famous weekend warrior of the day was actor Steve McQueen, who evaluated the Hornet for the November, 1966 issue of Popular Science. 'It's a keen bike,' he wrote. 'I always had to stay on top of it, but it sure had a good-functioning powertrain.'

This Hornet is to original specification – unmodified and unrestored – save for NOS replacement fork gaiters and tach cup. Because it has no history file and no odometer it is not possible to know what use it has been put to or how many miles it has run. It's so clean but for faded Cherokee Red paint, it may never have been used in anger. It comes with a VMCC Extract from Works Records to establish its authenticity. Irreplaceable!

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  • Offered on 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

  • The frame number is A65HA8049-Y
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1967 BSA 650cc A65 Hornet Engine no. A65 HA 8049-Y
1967 BSA 650cc A65 Hornet Engine no. A65 HA 8049-Y
1967 BSA 650cc A65 Hornet Engine no. A65 HA 8049-Y
1967 BSA 650cc A65 Hornet Engine no. A65 HA 8049-Y
1967 BSA 650cc A65 Hornet Engine no. A65 HA 8049-Y
1967 BSA 650cc A65 Hornet Engine no. A65 HA 8049-Y
1967 BSA 650cc A65 Hornet Engine no. A65 HA 8049-Y
1967 BSA 650cc A65 Hornet Engine no. A65 HA 8049-Y
1967 BSA 650cc A65 Hornet Engine no. A65 HA 8049-Y
1967 BSA 650cc A65 Hornet Engine no. A65 HA 8049-Y
1967 BSA 650cc A65 Hornet Engine no. A65 HA 8049-Y
1967 BSA 650cc A65 Hornet Engine no. A65 HA 8049-Y
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