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Lot 301: BSA 348cc Gold Star

The Harrogate Sale, Bonhams (13 November 2013)

In 1952 the '350' Gold Star adopted the new die-cast engine top-end with separate rocker box, first seen on the '500', and the pair continued as the 'BB' series after the swinging-arm frame was introduced in '53, changing to 'CB' for '54. This change marked the introduction of the classic 'big fin' engine but the designation lasted only until the arrival of the 'DB' series in 1955. The 'DB' incorporated a much improved lubrication system and, in the 350's case only, a stronger cylinder assembly; as such it represented the 'Junior' Goldie in its final form, there being no 350cc equivalent of the final 'DBD' 500. Originally a BB34 500cc Gold Star, this example was subsequently fitted with a 350cc engine number 'CB32GS 652' as detailed in its accompanying original old-style logbook, the change being dated 25th August 1960. 'POB 882' was supplied new to the motor dealership Colmore Depot Ltd in Birmingham. Possibly used for competition, the Goldie did not pass to its first private owner, John Simpson Brandon, until 2nd August 1955. It transferred to the third owner, Gerhard Laerm, on 7th January 1957 for 90 as detailed in the accompanying hire purchase agreement. Laerm was a German POW who had stayed in England after WW2 and lodged with the Parker family. It was he who fitted the 'big fin' CB32 engine in 1960. In due course 'POB 882' was sold to the Parkers and registered to Mrs Parker in May 1963. A family keen on off-road competition, the Parkers used the Goldie until it was retired to the back of one of the outbuildings where it languished until now. At some time the Goldie motor was removed and the current 500cc B33 engine ('YB33 2257') fitted, but the CB32 engine previously installed is included in the sale (although missing some minor parts, the major castings and the crankshaft are present). Offered for restoration and sold strictly as viewed, this is a potentially most rewarding project and the new owner may well be able to discover some of its supposed competition history with further research. Accompanying documentation consists of that mentioned above plus an old MoT certificate, old/current Swansea V5/V5C and an insurance policy in Mrs Parker's name valuing the machine at 65. No reserve.

Lot Details
Auction The Harrogate Sale
Bonhams, Harrogate, Yorkshire, UK
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number301
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£4800
Hammer Price (inc premium)£5520
Year1954
Condition rating5
Registration numberPOB 882
Mileage-
Chassis numberCB32 707
Engine numberCB32GS 652
Engine capacity (cc)348
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors