1963 BSA Rocket Gold Star Frame no. GA10 987 Engine no. DA10R 9226

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Lot 129
1963 BSA Rocket Gold Star
Frame no. GA10 987 Engine no. DA10R 9226

US$ 30,000 - 35,000
£ 23,000 - 27,000
1963 BSA Rocket Gold Star
Frame no. GA10 987
Engine no. DA10R 9226
• 1960s Factory- built 'cafe racer'
• Only 1200 Rocket Gold Star produced in two years
• Last of the 'pre-unit' BSAs
• Period Correct modifications
• Recent ground-up restoration
Widely recognized as one of the most desirable of all 1960s factory-built 'café racers', the Rocket Gold Star arrived in 1962 along with the first of BSA's new unitary, or unit, 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. The idea of making what was effectively a twin-cylinder Goldie originated with Banbury (near Oxford) motorcycle dealer Eddie Dow, who had built up a considerable body reputation in looking after BSA's high-performance singles.
The Super Rocket's compression ratio was raised to 9.25:1 for a claimed 46hp. But the RGS frame was unique as was the wider dual seat. Motor Cycle's test in November 1962, summed it as a 'scintillating high-performance road burner: good brakes, excellent rider comfort and docile traffic manners.' Top speed? 105mph. Around 1,800 were made over a two-year period and today genuine examples are highly sought after. Often as much the Goldie single itself.
This lovely example was the subject of a recent ground-up restoration. It shows superbly. The twin headers and mufflers, alloy wheel rims, and air cleaners fitted to this bike were on the factory option list – BSA called it their 'extra fittings' list - as was a 2- and 4-gallon aluminum gas tank to replace the stock, steel 4-gallon unit and a 190mm front brake. BSA's 1963 sales brochure stated the obvious, 'This time BSA have hit the jackpot – really hard. The new Rocket Gold Star is a jet-age genius.'

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1963 BSA Rocket Gold Star Frame no. GA10 987 Engine no. DA10R 9226
1963 BSA Rocket Gold Star Frame no. GA10 987 Engine no. DA10R 9226
1963 BSA Rocket Gold Star Frame no. GA10 987 Engine no. DA10R 9226
1963 BSA Rocket Gold Star Frame no. GA10 987 Engine no. DA10R 9226
1963 BSA Rocket Gold Star Frame no. GA10 987 Engine no. DA10R 9226
1963 BSA Rocket Gold Star Frame no. GA10 987 Engine no. DA10R 9226
1963 BSA Rocket Gold Star Frame no. GA10 987 Engine no. DA10R 9226
1963 BSA Rocket Gold Star Frame no. GA10 987 Engine no. DA10R 9226
1963 BSA Rocket Gold Star Frame no. GA10 987 Engine no. DA10R 9226
1963 BSA Rocket Gold Star Frame no. GA10 987 Engine no. DA10R 9226
1963 BSA Rocket Gold Star Frame no. GA10 987 Engine no. DA10R 9226
1963 BSA Rocket Gold Star Frame no. GA10 987 Engine no. DA10R 9226
1963 BSA Rocket Gold Star Frame no. GA10 987 Engine no. DA10R 9226
1963 BSA Rocket Gold Star Frame no. GA10 987 Engine no. DA10R 9226
1963 BSA Rocket Gold Star Frame no. GA10 987 Engine no. DA10R 9226
1963 BSA Rocket Gold Star Frame no. GA10 987 Engine no. DA10R 9226
1963 BSA Rocket Gold Star Frame no. GA10 987 Engine no. DA10R 9226
1963 BSA Rocket Gold Star Frame no. GA10 987 Engine no. DA10R 9226
1963 BSA Rocket Gold Star Frame no. GA10 987 Engine no. DA10R 9226
1963 BSA Rocket Gold Star Frame no. GA10 987 Engine no. DA10R 9226
1963 BSA Rocket Gold Star Frame no. GA10 987 Engine no. DA10R 9226
1963 BSA Rocket Gold Star Frame no. GA10 987 Engine no. DA10R 9226
1963 BSA Rocket Gold Star Frame no. GA10 987 Engine no. DA10R 9226
1963 BSA Rocket Gold Star Frame no. GA10 987 Engine no. DA10R 9226
1963 BSA Rocket Gold Star Frame no. GA10 987 Engine no. DA10R 9226
1963 BSA Rocket Gold Star Frame no. GA10 987 Engine no. DA10R 9226
1963 BSA Rocket Gold Star Frame no. GA10 987 Engine no. DA10R 9226
1963 BSA Rocket Gold Star Frame no. GA10 987 Engine no. DA10R 9226
1963 BSA Rocket Gold Star Frame no. GA10 987 Engine no. DA10R 9226
1963 BSA Rocket Gold Star Frame no. GA10 987 Engine no. DA10R 9226
1963 BSA Rocket Gold Star Frame no. GA10 987 Engine no. DA10R 9226
1963 BSA Rocket Gold Star Frame no. GA10 987 Engine no. DA10R 9226
1963 BSA Rocket Gold Star Frame no. GA10 987 Engine no. DA10R 9226
1963 BSA Rocket Gold Star Frame no. GA10 987 Engine no. DA10R 9226
1963 BSA Rocket Gold Star Frame no. GA10 987 Engine no. DA10R 9226
1963 BSA Rocket Gold Star Frame no. GA10 987 Engine no. DA10R 9226
1963 BSA Rocket Gold Star Frame no. GA10 987 Engine no. DA10R 9226
1963 BSA Rocket Gold Star Frame no. GA10 987 Engine no. DA10R 9226
1963 BSA Rocket Gold Star Frame no. GA10 987 Engine no. DA10R 9226
1963 BSA Rocket Gold Star Frame no. GA10 987 Engine no. DA10R 9226
1963 BSA Rocket Gold Star Frame no. GA10 987 Engine no. DA10R 9226
1963 BSA Rocket Gold Star Frame no. GA10 987 Engine no. DA10R 9226
1963 BSA Rocket Gold Star Frame no. GA10 987 Engine no. DA10R 9226
1963 BSA Rocket Gold Star Frame no. GA10 987 Engine no. DA10R 9226
1963 BSA Rocket Gold Star Frame no. GA10 987 Engine no. DA10R 9226
1963 BSA Rocket Gold Star Frame no. GA10 987 Engine no. DA10R 9226
1963 BSA Rocket Gold Star Frame no. GA10 987 Engine no. DA10R 9226
1963 BSA Rocket Gold Star Frame no. GA10 987 Engine no. DA10R 9226
1963 BSA Rocket Gold Star Frame no. GA10 987 Engine no. DA10R 9226
1963 BSA Rocket Gold Star Frame no. GA10 987 Engine no. DA10R 9226
1963 BSA Rocket Gold Star Frame no. GA10 987 Engine no. DA10R 9226
1963 BSA Rocket Gold Star Frame no. GA10 987 Engine no. DA10R 9226
1963 BSA Rocket Gold Star Frame no. GA10 987 Engine no. DA10R 9226
1963 BSA Rocket Gold Star Frame no. GA10 987 Engine no. DA10R 9226
1963 BSA Rocket Gold Star Frame no. GA10 987 Engine no. DA10R 9226
1963 BSA Rocket Gold Star Frame no. GA10 987 Engine no. DA10R 9226
1963 BSA Rocket Gold Star Frame no. GA10 987 Engine no. DA10R 9226
1963 BSA Rocket Gold Star Frame no. GA10 987 Engine no. DA10R 9226
1963 BSA Rocket Gold Star Frame no. GA10 987 Engine no. DA10R 9226
1963 BSA Rocket Gold Star Frame no. GA10 987 Engine no. DA10R 9226
1963 BSA Rocket Gold Star Frame no. GA10 987 Engine no. DA10R 9226
1963 BSA Rocket Gold Star Frame no. GA10 987 Engine no. DA10R 9226
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