1960 BSA 500cc Gold Star Road Racing Motorcycle            Engine no. DBD.34.GS.2508

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Lot 121
1960 BSA 500cc Gold Star Road Racing Motorcycle
Engine no. DBD.34.GS.2508

Sold for US$ 6,900 inc. premium
1960 BSA 500cc Gold Star Road Racing Motorcycle
Engine no. DBD.34.GS.2508
In 1937, a specially prepared Empire Star 500 ridden by the great Wal Handley achieved a 100mph lap of the Brooklands circuit on its way to a debut race victory and award of the Gold Star - hence 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.
While its trials and scrambles derivatives demonstrated the design's versatility by chalking up an equally impressive record in off-road competition, for the majority of enthusiasts the 500cc DBD34 in Clubman's trim is the epitome of the 'Goldie'.

This 1960 Gold Star improved with an Amal Concentric Mark II carburetor and a BSA/Triumph twin leading shoe front brake - a period modification - was built for AHRMA racing in the early 1990s. It was last prepped in 1995 and has been garage-kept ever since. Thus, it is sold 'as-is' and in need of full recommissioning.

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  • 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

  • The frame number is CB325896.
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1960 BSA 500cc Gold Star Road Racing Motorcycle            Engine no. DBD.34.GS.2508
1960 BSA 500cc Gold Star Road Racing Motorcycle            Engine no. DBD.34.GS.2508
1960 BSA 500cc Gold Star Road Racing Motorcycle            Engine no. DBD.34.GS.2508
1960 BSA 500cc Gold Star Road Racing Motorcycle            Engine no. DBD.34.GS.2508
1960 BSA 500cc Gold Star Road Racing Motorcycle            Engine no. DBD.34.GS.2508
1960 BSA 500cc Gold Star Road Racing Motorcycle            Engine no. DBD.34.GS.2508
1960 BSA 500cc Gold Star Road Racing Motorcycle            Engine no. DBD.34.GS.2508
1960 BSA 500cc Gold Star Road Racing Motorcycle            Engine no. DBD.34.GS.2508
1960 BSA 500cc Gold Star Road Racing Motorcycle            Engine no. DBD.34.GS.2508
1960 BSA 500cc Gold Star Road Racing Motorcycle            Engine no. DBD.34.GS.2508
1960 BSA 500cc Gold Star Road Racing Motorcycle            Engine no. DBD.34.GS.2508
1960 BSA 500cc Gold Star Road Racing Motorcycle            Engine no. DBD.34.GS.2508
1960 BSA 500cc Gold Star Road Racing Motorcycle            Engine no. DBD.34.GS.2508
1960 BSA 500cc Gold Star Road Racing Motorcycle            Engine no. DBD.34.GS.2508
1960 BSA 500cc Gold Star Road Racing Motorcycle            Engine no. DBD.34.GS.2508
1960 BSA 500cc Gold Star Road Racing Motorcycle            Engine no. DBD.34.GS.2508
1960 BSA 500cc Gold Star Road Racing Motorcycle            Engine no. DBD.34.GS.2508
1960 BSA 500cc Gold Star Road Racing Motorcycle            Engine no. DBD.34.GS.2508
1960 BSA 500cc Gold Star Road Racing Motorcycle            Engine no. DBD.34.GS.2508
1960 BSA 500cc Gold Star Road Racing Motorcycle            Engine no. DBD.34.GS.2508
1960 BSA 500cc Gold Star Road Racing Motorcycle            Engine no. DBD.34.GS.2508
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