Lot 367 - 1955 BSA Golden Flash
|Chassis Number||ZA75 13152|
|Engine Number||BA10 14287|
|Odometer reading||39,370 miles|
|Estimate||£5,000 - £8,000|
So it was with BSA in October 1949 when the firm announced the 650cc A10 Golden Flash which would be on sale for the 1950 season. Triumph was at the root of BSA's panic - or, at least, haste. 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 reset with the imminent launch of the 1949, 34bhp, 650cc 6T Thunderbird. Not that BSA had been entirely caught napping. For three years, the company had been marketing a rival parallel but not-quite-so-speedy twin in the shape of the 500cc BSA A7. Launched in 1946 (from what was essentially a 1939 pre-war design), 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. 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 excellent 1955 BSA Golden Flash has been in two private collections since being restored in the 1990's. Fully maintained and looked after, the vendor informs us that it is road ready and is a pleasure to ride. Finished in the classic BSA gold with chrome petrol tank with red coachlines, this Golden Flash is supplied with a V5C registration document and, MoT exempt, the new owner will just have to organise the free road tax to be able to ride it away.
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