Lot 245 - 1955 BSA B33 (500cc)
|Odometer reading||47,449 miles|
|Estimate||£5,250 - £6,500|
The BSA B31, introduced in 1945, was the first new model introduced by the company after the Second World War. Based on pre-war designs, it used a single cylinder four stroke engine that displaced 348cc. Initially, it had a rigid frame and telescopic forks, the first use of such on a BSA. It developed about 17bhp, adequate for the roads of the day and enough to deliver a top speed of around 70mph. It was immediately popular and was soon joined by a 500cc version, the BSA B33 and competition equivalents which were manufactured from 1947 to 1960. The engine closely followed B31 lines but with larger (85mm) bore and heavier flywheels. Cycle parts were identical apart from a larger-section rear tyre. Produced initially with rigid frame and telescopic forks, the B33 was available from 1949 with optional plunger rear suspension and switched to a swinging-arm frame along with the rest of the range, in 1954. A good, solid, all-round performer by the standards of its day, the B33 could top 80mph, cruise comfortably all day at 70mph and return in excess of 70mpg.
This 1955 BSA B33 was first registered on 5th March 1955 and supplied new to Roy Hancock of Fifehead Neville, Dorset; who was a well-known local trials competitor in the 1940/50's. Purchased by the vendor a few years ago following a period in dry storage, the motorcycle was subject to a 'top end' engine rebuild which included replacing the piston and re- grinding the valve seats. 'HJT 299' is described as being mechanically in very good condition and the rest of this motorcycle only requires some cosmetic work to the front forks. Finished in maroon, this BSA B33 is supplied with a V5C registration document, the original buff logbook and old MoT test certificates. A nice original example of this marque and ready to be ridden.
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