1966 BSA 650cc Spitfire Mk II Café Racer

1966 BSA 650cc Spitfire Mk II Café Racer

With indelible images of London’s Ace Café and post-war bikers racing from café to café on London’s North Circular Road, British bikes have been modified from factory settings since the 1950s. Dropped handlebars and seats with a bumpstop were the first items for attention. Evoking racing machines on the street, an entire industry, lifestyle and style was born. Triumph, Norton, Matchless, and of course, BSA were all the perfect canvas.

BSA’s answer to Triumph range-topping Bonneville sports roadster, the Spitfire was a new introduction for 1965 in the form of the ‘Spitfire Mark II Special’, though the name had previously been applied to a US-specification ‘street scrambler’. Based on the previous year’s Lightning Clubman, the Spitfire boasted a raised compression ratio, high-lift cams, twin Amal GP carburetors, alloy wheel rims, and BSA’s 190mm front brake. With a claimed 53bhp on tap, the Spitfire was as quick in a straight line as the Bonneville.

The motorbike offered

The 1966 BSA 650cc Spitfire Mk II on offer here, was bought from a collector in Colorado Springs in 2010, who had purchased it as seen today. Since acquisition, it has been on static display in a varied collection of cars and motorcycles next to a Vespa for a “Mods vs. Rockers” display. It good overall condition, the bike will need the usual recommissioning to return to regular North Circular racing.

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