c.1955/1960 BSA 649cc 'Rocket Gold Star' Replica SOLD by Auction
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Property of a deceased's estate
c.1955/1960 BSA 649cc 'Rocket Gold Star' Replica
Registration no. THY 940
Frame no. CA7 4910 (see text)
Engine no. DA10R 14961 (see text)
• Part of a deceased's estate
• Replica of iconic British twin
• Requires re-commissioning
Odometer reading: 5,651 miles, believed since restoration - not warranted
MoT expiry date: 28 February 2011
The Rocket Gold Star was introduced in 1962, running through only to 1963, and approximately 1500 examples of the model were sold before it was discontinued. Thereafter, perhaps due to its rarity, it certainly captured the imagination of many, and it became a feature of most collectors' wish lists, which, in turn, led to it being copied many more times than it had ever been made.
THY 940 was purchased by the deceased owner in 2010 (receipt on file). Last MoT'd in 2010, THY's engine turns over but it is not known when the machine last ran or its present mechanical condition. Sold strictly as viewed, the machine will require re-commissioning or possibly more extensive restoration before further use.
It should be noted that the frame number is not a factory stamping. The engine began life fitted to a Golden Flash, and when uprated to Super Rocket style with the alloy cylinder head etc, someone has inserted an 'R' in the engine number to denote the change. The 'R' does not appear on the V5C. The gearbox is stamped RRT2, but this is not a factory stamping, so the internals are unknown. A tachometer is fitted, driven from the timing chest magneto position.
Prospective bidders must satisfy themselves as to the suitability and compatibility of the component parts of this machine, together with its authenticity. The enduring popularity of machines such as this is the attraction of owning a machine which looks, and performs, just like the real thing at a fraction of the price. Documentation comprises an older-type V5C, some expired MoT certificates, the aforementioned purchase receipt, and sundry papers.
£4,000 - 6,000
Vendor Score Total: 45/100
Bidders should note that the automated 100-point Seller's Assessment is provided by each Seller at the point of consignment using the guidelines below, and is not provided, assessed or verified by Bonhams MPH. Accordingly Customers (Bidders) are on notice that each vehicle is offered "as is / as seen" subject to the Conditions of Sale for the auction, and Customers (Bidders) are strongly recommended to view the Lot(s) being offered, before bidding, in order to satisfy themselves as to their condition; Bonhams MPH will not entertain disputes over Sellers' Assessments.
Key for sellers' motorcycle assessments:
1/5 POOR. A project vehicle | Requires urgent attention | Damaged | Parts missing
2/5 AVERAGE. Requires some attention | Light damage
3/5 GOOD. Presents well | Good history file | May or may not run
4/5 VERY GOOD. Well restored | Running and driving with no noticeable faults | Sound throughout
5/5 EXCELLENT. Concours condition | Beautifully presented | Driving very well
EXTERIOR TOTAL: 12/20
Frame Paint: 3
Tinware Paint: 3
TRIM/PARTS TOTAL: 11/20
ENGINE TOTAL: 6/20
Turns Over: 2
Mechanical Components: 2
RUNNING GEAR TOTAL: 8/20
Front Forks: 2
Rear Suspension: 2
ELECTRICAL TOTAL: 8/20
Ancillary Components: 2
Motorcycle History File:
Receipts & Invoices: Yes – purchase receipt
V5C Registration Document: Yes
Service History: No
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