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    KM23 434
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1939 BSA 500cc Silver Star
Registration no. GXN 620
Frame no. KM23 356
Engine no. KM23 434

Effectively the same as a Gold Star - apart from the engine - this restored Silver Star had been in its then owner's possession for some 25 years when it was purchased by the current vendor at Brooks' Stafford auction in April 2000 (Lot 463). At that time it was said to have been a regular competitor in the Beamish Trophy and Reliability Trials, and had completed a non-stop run from Lands End to John O'Groats in 21½ hours. Since its acquisition by the current vendor the BSA has been ridden in various VMCC events (269 miles in one day at the Relay Rally), TT Rallies, Irish Rallies and one event in Spain. In regular use for the last 15 years, it has been updated with an Amal Concentric carburettor, 12-volt electrics, and a 21" front wheel in place of the original 20".

The vendor advises us that this is the nicest, but also the heaviest, machine he owns, and at 78 years of age feels that now is the time to part with it. Accompanying paperwork consists of an old-style logbook, old V5 registration documents, current V5C, and a quantity of expired MoT certificates and tax discs. A wonderful opportunity to acquire a good example of this fast, powerful and highly sought after BSA sports roadster.

Bonhams 1793
101 New Bond Street
United Kingdom
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Bonhams Collectors’ Car department