Rocket Goldie prototype to go under the hammer

The next H&H Classics auction at the National Motorcycle Museum will include, among the lots, a unique BSA Rocket Gold Star factory prototype.

Registered 985 FOC, it was built at the BSA factory in January 1962, subsequently being used for the development and evaluation of the Rocket Gold Star.

Copies of the BSA factory despatch records show the bike was first used by “Press Road Test Motorcycle Sport” in January 1962, and following this the factory replaced the frame.


The bike was then used by BSA factory racer Chris Vincent as his personal transport at the Isle of Man TT!

Other despatch entries show Worcester County Constabulary testing the bike for possible police use, and Mr G Harding (a BSA dealer) on the Isle of Man.

Finally, the factory sold the bike to Aston Autos in Birmingham as a used bike in December 1963.


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