The Corpus Christi Old Car Museum Auction

Lot 20
1965 BSA 350 Gold Star

Selling on Friday

1965 BSA 350 Gold Star


• One of the greatest Scramblers ever built
• Highly original with great patina
• Sought-after by BSA enthusiasts
• Tons of torque in a great handling package

348cc alloy single-cylinder engine, four-speed manual gearbox, hydraulic front shocks, rear coil springs, drum brakes; wheelbase: 55

The BSA Gold Star was one of the most successful motorcycles of all time, both in the showroom and on the track. Its ancient design was outdated almost at its inception and yet it thundered on through history, taking on all comers. Light, strong, powerful and bulletproof, the "Goldie" gained a loyal following over the decades. When it was finally retired in 1963, nothing ever sold as well or did as well at the track. The Gold Star, as it turned out, was BSA Motorcycles' most successful model, and the one they became most known for around the world.

At the end of World War II, BSA was the largest producer of motorcycles in the world and one of the largest companies in the British Empire. As civilian markets became starved for motorcycles, BSA ramped up production to meet demand. At the time, they were producing only single-cylinder models. In 1948, BSA revived the Gold Star name with the B32 with a 350cc engine. These were custom ordered then built by hand to the customers' specifications and bench tested, which would become a Gold Star tradition. The BSA Gold Star could be ordered in Touring, Trials, Racing, Clubman or Scramble trim like this example. Within a few years, Lucas ceased to produce the magneto used in the four-stroke single, forcing a decision to modify the Gold Star, or move on to the twin-cylinder engines, which was the choice BSA made. While a Bonneville or a Rocket is a great bike, the 350cc Gold Star remains one of the best riding bikes in BSAs storied history.

This bike looks like it just came in from a nice ride - about 30 years ago - and was simply parked in the barn and forgotten. Its very complete and quite original, with the classic Amal GP carb and Scrambler high pipe. The 1976 license plate might just indicate the last time anyone rode this BSA. Whether its a full restoration or simply freshen and ride, this will certainly be a very fun motorcycle that any enthusiast would be proud to own.

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