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Lot 375: 1939 BSA 348cc B24 Silver Star

Sale of Collectors' Motorcycles, Bonhams & Butterfields (12 November 2005)

During the 1930s BSA concentrated on producing a range of dependable, well-made, competitively priced motorcycles. The firmís single-cylinder range was re-designed by Val Page for 1937, the engines taking on many of the characteristics they would retain in the post-war era, most notably dry-sump lubrication, rear-mounted magneto and that distinctively shaped timing cover. There were four new offerings in the 350 class: the sidevalve B23 and a trio of overhead-valve models comprising the B24 Empire Star, the B26 Sports and the B25 Competition model that came equipped for trials use. For 1939 the overhead-valve 350s (either single- or twin-port) were renamed ĎSilver Starí. These B-series models lasted until the wholesale revision of the range for 1940, which saw all of them dropped, thus making the Silver Star one of the rarer of 1930s BSAs.

Lot Details
Auction Sale of Collectors' Motorcycles
Bonhams & Butterfields, Petersen Museum, Los Angeles, CA
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number375
Estimate$3000-$5000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price$900
Hammer Price (inc premium)$1035
Year1939
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Engine numberKB24/154
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