BSA prototype going under the hammer

BSA A10 Rocket Gold Star

Published on 30 April 2019 by Mike Waters

A one-of-a-kind factory prototype of the BSA Rocket Gold Star is being put up for auction at the National Motorcycle Museum.

The prototype was built in 1962 after a customer asked for a one-off custom combination of the BSA A10 Super Rocket’s engine in the classic BSA Gold Star frame. The combination was a success, so it was put into limited production as an official BSA range.

This particular machine, registration 985 FOC, underwent testing by press, dealers and even the Worcester County Constabulary as well as being used as the personal motorcycle of the famed sidecar road racer and BSA factory racer, Chris Vincent.

Although off the road since 1972, the prototype underwent restoration in 2017-2018 and is being put up for auction along with the original logbook, a dating letter from the BSA Owners Club and copies of the factory records.

The auction will be held at the National Motorcycle Museum on July 20 2019 by H&H Classics and the bike is expected to sell for £35,000-40,000.

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Picture credit: H&H Classics