Lot 463: c.1956 BSA 348cc Gold Star
On Wednesday 30th June 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 that would give BSA’s new super sports model its evocative name. Possibly the most successful production racing motorcycle ever, the post-war Gold Star formed the mainstay of clubman’s racing in the 1950s. In fact, it was the model’s domination of the Isle of Man Clubman’s TT which led to the event being dropped after Gold Star rider Bernard Codd’s 1956 Senior/Junior double victory. 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 DBD34 in Clubman’s trim is the epitome of the ‘Goldie’. The DBD, the ultimate road-going 500 Gold Star, appeared in 1956 when the famous RRT2 close-ratio gearbox and 190mm front brake became standard equipment. From then on BSA’s much-loved sporting single changed little until its much lamented demise in 1963. Although less powerful than the 500cc variant, the 350cc ‘Junior’ Goldie was nevertheless a 100mph-plus machine, and today is rarer than its larger sibling, production having ceased in 1962, some 12 months in advance of the 500.
The Gold Star could be ordered in a variety of specifications and this 350cc Gold Star - we are advised - was sold new in touring trim. The machine is offered with BSA O C certificate, engine brake test document, old-style buff logbook, assorted expired MoTs dating back to 1978, Swansea V5 registration document and recently expired MoT (11th October 2005).
Bonhams, Classic & Motorcycle Mechanics Show, Stafford
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