1937 BSA B21 Frame no. HB205440 Engine no. HB211765

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Lot 607
1937 BSA B21
Registration no. XVV 270 Frame no. HB205440 Engine no. HB211765

Sold for £ 6,900 (US$ 9,488) inc. premium
1937 BSA B21
Registration no. XVV 270
Frame no. HB205440
Engine no. HB211765
A fine example of BSA's rare B21 Sports model, a product of the largest motorcycle factory in the country in 1937, when the Birmingham Small Arms company dominated the home market and sold machines all over the globe, such was it reputation for solid reliability and quality. The overhead valve single-cylinder 250cc model represented a step into the world of real motorcycling, a far step above the smaller two-stroke models that for most of their lives plodded gently to work leaving a trail of blue smoke and interrupting progress when the sparking plug developed a whisker and roadside attention was needed. Not on a four-stroke product of the huge works in Small Heath's Armoury Road, ownership of which was a matter of pride and a hint of knowledge above the humble rider whose needs were simply to commute. This handsome but easily ridden model was the younger brethren of the more sporting machines that dominated competition and the young man, or occasionally lady, who chose such a model was clearly destined to move on into the elite world of the long distance traveller. This example is an excellent starting point in the vintage world and promises many happy hours at moderate speeds; it will require careful inspection before being used and enjoyed fully. The registered mileage is 6,550, but this cannot be verified.

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1937 BSA B21 Frame no. HB205440 Engine no. HB211765
1937 BSA B21 Frame no. HB205440 Engine no. HB211765
1937 BSA B21 Frame no. HB205440 Engine no. HB211765
1937 BSA B21 Frame no. HB205440 Engine no. HB211765
1937 BSA B21 Frame no. HB205440 Engine no. HB211765
1937 BSA B21 Frame no. HB205440 Engine no. HB211765
1937 BSA B21 Frame no. HB205440 Engine no. HB211765
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