As a development of the Empire Star for the 1938 sales season, the BSA Gold Star went on to become motorcycling legend. It’s one of the most evocative model names in motorcycling – and it endured for a quarter of a century, its production run punctuated by the maelstrom of WWII and brought to an end by advancing technology and production engineering techniques rather than lack of demand.
BSA’s Gold Star is possibly the pinnacle of the traditional British sporting single’s development. And it’s one of the most versatile machines to emerge from an industry well known for extracting the most out of all its designs. In competition, BSA Gold Stars have won on the Isle of Man, short circuits, scrambles tracks, trials sections – and the International Six Days Trial. And it’s been a road burner par excellence – the darling of the café racer set from the early 50s to the mid-60s. In short, the Gold Star is the consummate all-rounder.
The fully restored example of BSA 350cc Gold Star on offer here was shipped as a scrambler to Birmingham, on February 23rd, 1956. Little is known of the history until it became part of the collection of the late Mike Taggart many years ago. Winner of the BSA Clubmans Concours in 1995 (the trophy accompanies the sale), it remains in fabulous condition throughout, it has been on static display for several years and will need a re-commissioning and service to return it to regular use.
Offered on a Bill of Sale.
Engine no. DB32 GS808
Frame no. CB32 4834