1953 BSA Golden Flash 650cc

HIGHLIGHTS


  •  Stunning show condition
  •  Meticulously restored
  •  Imported from Denmark in 2014
  •  Matching numbers
  •  Healthy A10 650 cc twin

THE APPEAL


In the 1950’s, the somewhat ostentatious gold BSA (or Beige, as BSA advertising called it) was a departure from the somewhat austere black-painted models that dominated British roads.

To be fair, around 80% of Golden Flash motorcycles were squarely aimed at the somewhat flamboyant U.S. market anyhow - and sold well.

Not a performance bike like some of it’s BSA sibling’s, the Golden Flash was still capable of 100 mph and fulfilled it’s brief perfectly as a dependable touring machine - with a touch of exotic bling thrown in.

Despite the lack of known history, this Immaculate BSA appears to have been cosmetically restored to a very high professional standard a few years ago, possibly in Denmark, before being imported by it’s first (and only) U.K. owner, and collector, in 2014.

With just 267 miles on the clock, the odometer appears to have been returned to zero, suggesting an engine rebuild was also undertaken at the same time.

Now in the hands of the vendor, who is selling several motorcycles from this enthusiasts collection. 


THE HISTORY AND PAPERWORK


  •  First registered on the 31st December 1953
  •  Registration in the U.K. on the 1st March 2014
  •  V5 present (in previous owner’s name)
  •  Purchase invoice from Vahn Jensen Motorcycles, Denmark
  •  NOVA documentation
  •  Import transportation paperwork
  •  Number Plate Authorisation Certificate 
  •  Professional service invoice from February 2015 
  •  Wassell carburettor fitting instructions
  •  British Motorcycle Charitable Trust newsletters  
  •  Not had a UK MOT 
  •  Exempt tax is currently on Sorn



THE CONDITION


  •  Beautifully restored paintwork
  •  Gleaming chrome work
  •  Good looking Smiths speedometer and Ammeter
  •  Perfect Lucas lighting
  •  All switchgear and electrics said to function
  •  Excellent saddles
  •  Rubber components in good order
  •  Clean engine and alloy parts
  •  Shiny chrome wheels
  •  Avon Speedmaster MKII tyres with plenty of tread



THE MECHANICS


  •  Original A10 650 cc OHV engine with no obvious oil leaks!
  •  Robust bolt-on 4-speed gearbox
  •  All components present in a refurbished or replaced looking condition
  •  Wassell carburettor with heat shield
  •  Front mounted dynamo
  •  Magneto ignition at the rear of the engine
  •  6-volt battery and electrics said to be in good working order
  •  Relatively new fuel taps and hoses
  •  Telefork/Plunger suspension 
  •  Single-leading shoe drum brakes
  •  Easy maintenance and good spares availability

As noted, this BSA was professionally serviced in 2015 with only 15 recorded miles (see photo of invoice) and has clearly been ridden just 252 miles since.  

Although not fired-up during the photoshoot, the vendor assures us that this BSA starts with one or two kicks, runs nicely and handles well with no known issues.



SUMMARY


This desirable “well-heeled” British icon is a credit to the restorer, is in excellent cosmetic condition, and appears to be mechanically sorted.

One of the best all-round bikes you can buy, this BSA Golden Flash would make a perfect addition to your collection and is a practical classic that should hold it’s value.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1953
  • Make BSA
  • Model Golden Flash
  • Colour Gold
  • Odometer 267 Miles
  • Engine size 650
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Trade
  • Town Shalford
  • Location Surrey
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
16 bids
  • DC•••• £5,700 27/11/22
  • mi•••• £5,600 26/11/22
  • br•••• £5,500 26/11/22
  • mi•••• £5,400 26/11/22
  • DC•••• £5,300 26/11/22
  • mi•••• £5,200 26/11/22
  • DC•••• £5,100 26/11/22
  • St•••• £5,000 26/11/22
  • mh•••• £4,500 24/11/22
  • ne•••• £4,200 23/11/22

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