1965 BSA A65LC Lightning Clubman


  • Genuine A65 Lightning Clubman –not a replica
  • Superb in fully restored condition
  • Offered by the second owner, owned for past 54 years
  • Amongst the rarest and best British motorcycles of the 1960s

The Appeal

The top of the BSA Lightning range, the Clubman was introduced in late 1964 as a factory production racer.  Each example was finished with special gold and black paintwork and factory tuned to produce 51bhp at 6,250rpm which was impressive for a 650cc motorcycle. Mechanically the up rated engine featured a newly introduced alloy head equipped with splayed inlets for the twin carburettors, a hotter camshaft and siamesed exhaust system.  Only in production from September 1964 to October 1965 just 200 genuine Lightning Clubman were produced.  Raced in period by Bob Heath and Mike Hailwood they were competitive against the factory teams from Triumph, winning the prestigious Hutchinson 100 mile race at Silverstone in 1965. With so few produced genuine Clubmans are now extremely rare, with numerous replicas around.

This immaculate example was bought by the Seller, the second owner, in 1969 and he commuted to work on it for several years.  It was also used for road regularity and navigation events, some of which were 24 hour events. The seller completely restored the BSA in 2015, back to near showroom condition. Since then it has been ridden occasionally with annual trips to the Goodwood Revival and local shows.

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History and Paperwork

  • Built in 1965, one of just 200 made
  • Bought by the Seller in October 1969
  • Owned by him for the past 54 years!
  • Verified genuine Lightning Clubman by VMCC
  • Ridden regularly, but never raced
  • Fully restored around 2015
  • Engine and gearbox professionally rebuilt
  • Converted to 12V ignition and electronics
  • New wheels with stainless steel spokes
  • New professionally applied paintwork
  • New chrome
  • V5c In Seller’s name
  • Competed successfully in road navigational events
  • Completed the Exeter Trial and RAC Endurance rally, over 600 miles in 24 hours
  • Regularly exhibited and ridden at the Goodwood Revival
  • Letter from the first owner to the Seller dated 23rd October 1969
  • List of work completed and new parts
  • Original BSA Instruction manual
  • Four original BSA Lubrication and Service Charts
  • BSA 500 & 600 Twins Workshop manual
  • BSA Twins restoration book
  • BSA Spares booklet
  • BSA Twins and Triples Osprey book
  • Several magazines with BSA Lightning articles

The Condition

  • Superb gold and black paint with red pin striping 
  • All chrome in as new condition
  • Currently fitted with touring style handlebars  (should be drop/racer style)
  • Hump back racing style black vinyl seat in as new condition
  • All BSA badges and branding in perfect condition
  • Gauges repaired, Smiths odometer corrected to MOT reading 
  • All glass and light lenses in perfect condition 
  • New chrome wheels with stainless steel spokes
  • Lightly worn set of Avon tyres
  • Correct cranked kick start lever
  • Correct rear-set BSA footrests
Recently the BSA has been used only occasionally for trips to Goodwood and locally since the restoration was completed and it remains in near showroom condition; it is exceptionally clean with no marks or stone chips.

The Mechanics 

  • Engine and gearbox professionally rebuilt
  • Close ratio gearbox
  • All new parts installed where necessary
  • New twin carburettors
  • Upgraded to 12v electrics
  • New coil, leads, plugs and ignition switch
  • New chain and sprockets
  • New fork seals and gaiters
  • Fuel tank refurbished and internally sealed
  • Correct raised siamesed exhaust system
Overall the BSA appears to be in good mechanical order.  Beautifully restored and well maintained since it is said to ride well with no vices or issues.


Even an intensive search of the internet is unlikely to locate another real Lightning Clubman for sale.  Plenty of replicas pass through various auction houses and dealers, but originals don’t change hands that often. We can only guess how few of the original 200 manufactured still exist; many were extensively raced, others lost their engines and gearboxes.  But this is genuine, as verified by the VMCC.  Only now being offered by its second owner who has cherished (and ridden) it for 58 years! Beautifully restored and ready to be enjoyed or displayed, this is a rare opportunity to own a real Lightning Clubman.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1965
  • Make BSA
  • Model A65
  • Colour Gold
  • Odometer 39,788 Miles
  • Engine size 650
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Bognor Regis
  • Location Sussex
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
14 bids from 4 bidders
  • Tu•••• £15,000 05/06/23
  • Gr•••• £14,750 05/06/23
  • Tu•••• £14,500 05/06/23
  • Gr•••• £14,250 05/06/23
  • Gr•••• £14,000 05/06/23
  • Tu•••• £13,999 05/06/23
  • Gr•••• £13,750 05/06/23
  • Gr•••• £13,500 05/06/23
  • Gr•••• £12,500 05/06/23
  • Tu•••• £8,500 05/06/23

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