1965 BSA 441cc B44 Victor Scrambler For Sale by Auction
Its 420cc engine developed from that of the humble C15 250 roadster, Jeff Smiths works BSA moto-crosser produced more power than it could reliably handle, resulting in a comprehensive engine redesign for 1964. For the new season the works 420 had a much stronger crankcase with revised main bearings, the C15s drive-side ball race and timing-side plain bush being superseded by a roller bearing and ball race respectively. Also new was a light-alloy cylinder with chromium-plated bore, which allowed a useful increase in compression ratio thanks to its superior heat dissipation. The changes made the bike a world-beater, Smith taking the 1964 Moto-Cross World Championship with seven wins in the 14-race series. The new crankcase permitted a further lengthening of the stroke to 90mm for a capacity of 441cc, and in this form the Victor scrambler went into production in 1965. Smith took the world title again that year on the works B44GP. This motorcycle was purchased by the current vendor on 9th June 2004 from a regional UK auction house described by them as possibly having in-period links to Jeff Smith. Unfortunately, the supporting correspondence referred to at that time has been lost. However, further research by the next owner may throw some light on this motorcycles origins. Offered without documents, the machine is sold strictly as viewed.
This motorcycle is to be auctioned at our Live and Online Winter Sale, Hanger 113, Bicester Heritage, OX26 5HA.
Friday 11 December
Spares & Memorabilia (Lot 1 - 112) 9am
The National Motorcycle Museum Reserve Collection (Lots 201 – 252) 11am
Saturday 12 December
Motorcycles (Day 2) (Lots 501 – 708) 10am
In light of the current government guidelines and relaxed measures we are delighted to welcome viewing, strictly by appointment. All the lots will be on view at Bicester Heritage in our traditional Hangar 113. We will ensure social distancing measures are in place, with gloves and sanitiser available for clients wishing to view motorcycle history files.
Please contact Bonhams Motorcycles by clicking 'Message the seller' with your preferred date, time and vehicle registration number to book an appointment.
Wednesday 9 December 9am to 5pm
Thursday 10 December 9am to 5pm
Friday 11 December 9am to 5pm (Lots 501 – 708 only)
LIVE AND ONLINE AUCTION
Please note that whilst public viewing is available by appointment, the auction itself will be conducted from a remote saleroom, behind closed doors without public access, in accordance with the current government guidelines. All bidding will be conducted via Online, Telephone and Absentee Bidding. Please contact our Bids Department to register using the 'Message the seller' button.
COLLECTION OF PURCHASED LOTS
Motorcycle lots must be cleared from the sale venue by 2pm Sunday 13 December 2020. Limited collection is available until 2pm Monday 14 December, by appointment only. If collecting Monday, please access Bicester Heritage via the 'Main Gate', Buckingham Road, OX26 5HA. Please email us using the 'Message the seller' button with your collection or transport instructions as soon as possible following your successful bid. Failure to instruct Bonhams by the given time will result in your vehicle being uplifted to store at your expense, as detailed in the Conditions of Sale. Buyers should satisfy themselves that they have collected all relevant log books, documents and keys relating to their Lot(s) at time of collection.
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