Lot 263 - 1959 BSA A10
|Odometer reading||10,808 miles|
|Estimate||£8,000 - £10,000|
|Result||Sold - £9,800|
Edward Turner's pre-war 500cc, 5T Speed Twin had, way back in 1937, set the pace for a new era of parallel twin motorcycling, a pace that was about to be re-set with the imminent launch of the 1949, 34bhp, 650cc 6T Thunderbird. So it was that, somewhat hastily, in October 1949 BSA announced the 650cc A10 which would be on sale for the 1950 season. Not that BSA had been entirely caught napping. For three years, the company had been marketing a rival parallel; although not-quite-so-speedy, twin in the shape of the 500cc BSA A7. Launched in 1946, the A7 was a robust and attractive rigid-framed bike designed and developed essentially by Herbert Perkins and David Munro, but with engineering cues from Val Page who had masterminded the predecessor of the A7, the 1933 Triumph 6/1. And then there was Edward Turner himself. Bombed out of Triumph's Priory Street factory following the infamous raid on Coventry on the 14th November 1940 and with time on his hands before the new Meriden factory near Allesley, Warwickshire was up and running, Turner spent some time at BSA's Armoury Road site at Small Heath, Birmingham and injected one or two of his own pet design devices notably detachable rocker boxes in the now familiar Triumph twin style.
This 1959 BSA A10 was the subject of a full restoration some time ago and has had very little use since. Finished with a black frame, chromed mud guards and red and chrome fuel tank, it is described by the vendor as being in perfect running order and providing a very smooth ride. It has also been restored to a very high specification with uprated front brakes. This motorcycle is supplied with a V5 registration document, old MoT test certificates and would be the perfect addition to any collector looking to expand his or her portfolio.
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.