The Corpus Christi Old Car Museum Auction

Lot 36
1970 BSA Victor 441 Special Motorcycle

1970 BSA Victor 441 Special Motorcycle


• One of BSA’s most successful model lines
• Outstanding, virtual “as new” condition
• Correct emblems, decals, exhaust system
• Under 27 indicated miles

441 air-cooled, single-cylinder OHV engine, 30 HP at 6,500 rpm, four-speed gearbox, chain drive, telescopic front and rear forks, front and rear drum brakes; wheelbase: 52”

Manufactured by Birmingham Small Arms, better-known as BSA, the B44 Victor debuted at the 1965 London Motor Show at Earls Court. Developed from “scrambler” or early motocross bikes ridden by Jeff Smith to victory in the 1964 and 1965 500-cc World Championships, the Victor was highly versatile and quickly developed into the Victor Grand Prix scrambler and Victor Enduro off-road models, with the latter known as the 441 Victor in the United States. Interestingly, through the late 1960s, BSA was the last marque offering four-stroke engines to remain competitive in the face of the growing tidal wave of two-stroke Japanese competitors. A new road model, the Victor Roadster, debuted in 1967 with U.S.-bound examples initially designated the B44VR Victor Roadster, but more provocatively renamed the B44SS Shooting Star in the U.S. by 1968.

Regardless of the individual model names, the various Victors ranked highly among BSA’s most successful export models. Featuring a 441 cc, single-cylinder OHV engine developing 30 horsepower, the Victor road models were renowned for their easy riding characteristics, yet capable of reaching around 90 mph. Good power-to-weight made off-road Victors desirable hill climb machines. Improvements included high-rise handlebars, safety reflectors, a steel gas tank and twin leading-shoe brakes. Today, Victors remain highly popular among motorcycle aficionados thanks to their relative simplicity, abundant parts stocks and enduring good looks.

Featuring a bright yellow gas tank and “World Champion 1964-1965” decal, this 1970 BSA Victor 441 Special is a highly engaging and very well-preserved example of these popular British motorcycles. Under 27 miles were indicated at the time of cataloguing. Very nicely presented, this Victor 441 appears virtually showroom fresh, shows correct finishes, and even retains the virtually flawless polished exhaust system and louvered heat shield. If you are seeking an influential British motorcycle for your collection, this 197- BSA Victor 441 Special is a compelling find, offered in virtual “as new” condition.

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