Item #51003 BSA. The Most Popular Motor Cycle in the World. Overseas Edition. Trade Catalogue.
BSA. The Most Popular Motor Cycle in the World. Overseas Edition.
BSA. The Most Popular Motor Cycle in the World. Overseas Edition.

BSA. The Most Popular Motor Cycle in the World. Overseas Edition.

Birmingham, England: BSA Motorcycles, 1954. 1st printing thus. 23, [1] pp (including wrappers). Illustrated, primarily in color. Landscape format: 6-3/4" x 9". Full-color, glossy paper covers, stapled. Now housed in an archival mylar sleeve. Light signs of use, spine fold separating top 3", a VG copy. Item #51003

"BSA motorcycles were made by the Birmingham Small Arms Company Limited, which was a major British industrial combine, a group of businesses manufacturing military and sporting firearms; bicycles; motorcycles; cars; buses and bodies; steel; iron castings; hand, power, and machine tools; coal cleaning and handling plants; sintered metals; and hard chrome process.

Motor bicycles were added to bicycle products in 1910. The BSA 3½ hp was exhibited at the 1910 Olympia Show, London for the 1911 season. The entire BSA production sold out in 1911, 1912 and 1913.

In November 1919 BSA launched their first 50 degree v-twin, Model E, 770cc side valve (6–7 hp) motorcycle for the 1920 season.[2] The machine had interchangeable valves, total loss oil system with mechanical pump and an emergency hand one. Retail price was £130. Other features were Amal carburettor, chain drive, choice of magneto or Magdyno, 7-plate clutch, 3 speed gear box with kickstarter and new type of cantilever fork.

As the result of increased post war demand the Small Heath, Birmingham factory was turned over entirely to motorcycle production.

In 1953 BSA withdrew motorcycle production from BSA Cycles Ltd, the company it had established in 1919, by creating BSA Motorcycles Ltd. BSA also produced its 100,000th BSA Bantam motorcycle, a fact celebrated at the 1953 motorcycle show with a visit by Sir Anthony Eden to the BSA stand." [Wiki]

This 1954 catalogue features the newly released Model A7 Shooting Star, with a 500 cc O.H.V. Twin... "specially built for the enthusiast. ... A specially tuned version of the famous B.S.A. 500 c.c. vertical twin."

Price: $95.00

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