Lot 231 - 1954 BSA BB32 Goldstar (350cc)
|Estimate||£6,000 - £8,000|
|Result||Sold - £6,944|
At the 1948 Motorcycle Show, BSA announced their new ZB32 Goldstar ready for the 1949 season. Intended as a sporting machine capable of competing in virtually all disciplines, it was supported by a range of options that enabled the owner to tailor it to their needs.. The new machine was initially offered as a 350cc, although a 500cc version joined it later in the year. The engine was derived from the B-Series machines but featured an alloy barrel and head. Drive was via a standard BSA gearbox with both units being housed in a plunger frame equipped with telescopic front forks. Motor Cycling magazine carried out a two part test of the new machine in May 1949, finding it to be capable of 78mph with good acceleration and road holding in its 'standard' touring trim and capable of more than 90mph when prepared to 'Clubman' specification. A great deal of interest was generated and the necessary 100 machines for homologation for the Clubman's TT were in the hands of customers by March. This began a period of utter domination in which a Goldstar won the event for the next seven years until the 350cc Clubman's class was abandoned in 1956.
This BSA Goldstar dates from 1954, which is confirmed by a BSA Goldstar dating certificate which confirms the frame is dated in February 1954 and the engine from September the same year. The owner purchase this BSA in 2008 as an started restoration project which he has completed to the highest of standards and it is described by him as being in very good condition throughout with the frame painted black and the fuel tank and mud guards in chrome. The vendor also describes this motorcycle to be an excellent riding experience. Presented with full road equipment it is accompanied by a Swansea V5C registration document, BSA Goldstar dating certificate and old MoT test certificates.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.