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Lot 258: BSA 350cc Model L26

Vintage and Collectors Motorcycles, Bonhams (20 June 2009)

The Birmingham Small Arms Company had experimented with powered two-wheelers in the latter years of the 19th Century and then again in 1905. Those first motorcycles made by BSA in the early 1900s used proprietary engines such as the Belgian Minerva, and it was not until 1910 that the firm introduced a model entirely of its own design and manufacture. The first series-production model to feature the marque's distinctive green and cream tank colours was a 499cc (3�hp) sidevalve single. Well engineered and equally well made, this first BSA proved an enormous success and for 1914 was joined by a 557cc (4�hp) long-stroke version. The duo resumed production after WWI and in 1923 were joined by a new 350 sidevalve. Designated the Model L, the newcomer came with a three-speed, hand-change gearbox and chain final drive. 'To the sporting solo rider who asks for a go anywhere mount, its records in the Scottish Six Days' Trial and the International Trials in Sweden in 1923 stand as recommendation,' declared Pitman's Book of the BSA, reviewing the Model L. The BSA Model L offered here was restored in 2008 to a high standard, both cosmetically and mechanically, by the previous owner and has yet to be run in. We are advised that there is a photograph on file of the BSA prior to the rebuild's commencement, showing it to be a complete and original example. Finished in green and cream with black cycle parts, the machine is offered BSA Owners Club dating certificate and Swansea V5.

Lot Details
Auction Vintage and Collectors Motorcycles
Bonhams, Oxford
Lot Number258
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£2800
Hammer Price (inc premium)£3220
Condition rating0
Registration number
Chassis numberF326
Engine numberZ7682
Engine capacity (cc)350
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors