Lot 101 - 1970 BSA 650 Thunderbolt

Lot 101 - 1970 BSA 650 Thunderbolt

Lot 101 - 1970 BSA 650 Thunderbolt

Lot Number 101
Registration VJF 138H
Chassis Number CD05865 AS65T
Engine Number A65LA 11815Y
Odometer reading 1 miles
Estimate £4,500 - £6,000
Result Sold - £5,040

One of the oldest British motorcycle manufacturers, the Birmingham Small Arms Company began building bikes with proprietary power as early as 1903 and by 1909 were using their own engines, starting with a 3.5hp belt-driven single. BSA went on to become one of the most successful of all British manufacturers, both on and off the track. A development of the successful A10, BSA's new range of A50 and A65 twins took advantage of unit construction to modernise the packaging of the engine and gearbox in the late 1950s and would remain in production from 1962 until BSA finally went under over a decade later. The two models shared virtually all common parts with the 500cc A50 having a bore of 65.5mm and the larger 650cc A65's bore 75mm. With a new frame came a new name, the so-called 'Power Egg', a reference to the design of the new unit engine and gearbox. The A65 was sold in a myriad of different versions, including the Rocket, Thunderbolt, Lightning, Spitfire, Hornet and Firebird and was steadily improved over the years.

This BSA was registered on 4th June 1970, the first owner was Leicester & Rutland Constabulary; they subsequently kept the motorcycle until June 1976. Recently, this Thunderbolt has been restored and presents in good order, although as the odometer indicates, has not been used since the restoration. These BSA's are big powerful imposing machines and would have been a delight to ride around the Leicestershire countryside. Supplied with a V5C registration document together with the original green logbook, this Thunderbolt appears to have had only four keepers in total.

 

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.

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