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1961 BSA Goldstar Catalina

1961 BSA Goldstar Catalina
Engine Number:DBD34 GS 6558. Frame Number:CB320775
$25,000 - $35,000

Before the Motard

The aluminium-barrel Gold Star was arguably the most successful race bike every built. It won races for over a decade in every discipline... desert, scrambles, motocross, flat-track and road racing. With this, the Catalina, in my opinion, was and remains the most charismatic dirt bike of all time. Offering a full race cam, larger carburettor and a reverse cone exhaust to deliver full power over a wide rev range, the Catalina was more than a handful. Add to this a lightweight frame and high ground clearance and you have one very staunch machine that established first principles for all future high-powered off-road designs. Add to this again, the current custom trends and the advent of the corporate motard class and you can quickly understand the logic of bringing the Catalina to a road-class standard. This reconfigured example offers a wired magneto dyno, battery, lights and street tyres. The engine and transmission have been overhauled over last three years; new crankpin and roller bearings, new pistons and new valves and guides have been added. It has been rebored to 010.

Auction March 2013
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