Bonhams : 1969 BSA 654cc Thunderbolt Frame no. DC 20257 A65T Engine no. DC 20202 A65T
1969 BSA 654cc Thunderbolt Frame no. DC 20257 A65T Engine no. DC 20202 A65T

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Lot 561
1969 BSA 654cc Thunderbolt
Registration no. DVG 524G Frame no. DC 20257 A65T Engine no. DC 20202 A65T

Sold for £ 7,360 (US$ 9,489) inc. premium
1969 BSA 654cc Thunderbolt
Registration no. DVG 524G
Frame no. DC 20257 A65T
Engine no. DC 20202 A65T
Following Triumph's lead, BSA turned to unitary construction of the engine/transmission for its range of parallel twin as the 1960s dawned, launching the all-new 500cc A50 and 650cc A65 Star models in January 1962. The basic architecture of the preceding A7/A10 was retained, so the new engine remained an air-cooled parallel twin with 360-degree crankshaft and single camshaft mounted at the rear of the cylinder block. The cycle parts were much as before, comprising a duplex loop, swinging-arm frame fitted with telescopic front fork. For 1965 the Star tourers were replaced by the A50 Royal Star and A65 Thunderbolt, both of which came with a single Amal Monobloc carburettor. The single-carburettor twin was preferred by many riders, being more economical, easier to keep in tune and only marginally less powerful than the twin-carb Lightning model.

The BSA OC Dating Certificate on file shows that this machine's frame and engine were both delivered to the USA in April 1969, albeit in two different Thunderbolts. 'DVG 524G' was first registered in the UK on 1st August 2017, and the vendor is the first owner in this country. This immaculate machine has been fully restored by the vendor, whose detailed breakdown of the extensive works carried out is available (perusal recommended). Accompanying documentation consists of DVLA correspondence, a recently expired MoT (July 2018), and a V5C Registration Certificate.

Footnotes

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Saleroom notices

  • This lot is now offered with an MOT expiring 04/2020.
Contacts
1969 BSA 654cc Thunderbolt Frame no. DC 20257 A65T Engine no. DC 20202 A65T
1969 BSA 654cc Thunderbolt Frame no. DC 20257 A65T Engine no. DC 20202 A65T
1969 BSA 654cc Thunderbolt Frame no. DC 20257 A65T Engine no. DC 20202 A65T
1969 BSA 654cc Thunderbolt Frame no. DC 20257 A65T Engine no. DC 20202 A65T
1969 BSA 654cc Thunderbolt Frame no. DC 20257 A65T Engine no. DC 20202 A65T
1969 BSA 654cc Thunderbolt Frame no. DC 20257 A65T Engine no. DC 20202 A65T
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