Catalogue - BSA Cycles Ltd, Motor Cycles, Overseas Edition, Mar 1951 TradeLiterature Reg. No: TL 52049

Illustrated catalogue listing the key features and specifications of BSA's post-World War II motorcycle models produced for export markets such as Australia. Includes the popular 500 cc single-cylinder side-valve M20 model of which 126,000 were manufactured for the British armed forces during World War II. Also includes the flagship 650 cc twin-cylinder A10 Golden Flash Model, the 350 cc M32 and 500 cc M34 single-cylinder Gold Star models and Competition versions of other standard designs. At the time this brochure was produced BSA was Britain's largest motorcycle manufacturer and one of the market leaders worldwide.

The BSA brandname was derived from the Birmingham Small Arms Company founded in June 1861 in Birmingham, England, by a collective of independent gunsmiths from the Birmingham Small Arms Trade Association. After transforming Birmingham's small arms industry through the introduction of mechanised mass production and standardised components, BSA later diversified it's manufacturing interested, producing bicycles and cycle components from 1869, motor cars from 1908 and motorcycles from 1910. BSA Cycles Ltd was set up as a subsidiary company in 1919, to manufacture both bicycles and motorcycles. BSA motorcycles were sold as affordable machines with reasonable performance for the average private or commercial user. BSA stressed the reliability of their machines and the availability of spares and dealer support. Their designs used a mixture of single and twin-cylinder side-valve (SV) and overhead-valve (OHV) engines offering different performance for various roles.
Staple-bound 16 page booklet with red leather-grain textured cover printed in gilt lettering. Inside pages printed in limited colour (orange, tan and black ink) on white stock.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from (Estate of) Mr Alexander Copland, 2006
Donated from the Estate of Alexander Ewart Copland.
Discipline: Trade Literature

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Tagged with: motor cycles, bsaa7 1951, bsa 500 w 34-7
Themes this item is part of: Engineering Collection, Trade Literature Collection, Transport Collection
Primary Classification: ROAD TRANSPORT
Secondary Classification: Motor Cycles
Tertiary Classification: product catalogues - motor cycles
Primary Subject: Motor Cycles
Publication Date: 1951 Mar
Cover Title: 'BSA Motor Cycles, Overseas Edition'
Model Name/Number: Bantam 125 cc Model D1; Competition 125 cc Model D1; 250 cc S.V. Model C10; 250 cc O.H.V. Model C11 & C11 de Luxe; 350 cc O.H.V. Model B31; 350 cc Model B32 Gold Star; Competition 350 cc Model B32; Competition 500 cc Model B34; 500 cc O.H.V. Model B33; 500 cc Model B34 Gold Star; 500 cc S.V. Model M20; 600 cc S.V. Model M21; 500 cc O.H.V. Model M33; 500 cc O.H.V. Twin Model A7; 500 cc O.H.V. Model A7 Star Twin; Golden Flash 650 cc Twin Model A10
Publication Types: Product Catalogue; Specifications; Technical Data; Guarantee; Warranty Information
Printing Types: Limited Colour
Illustration Types: Black & White; Photographs
Page Size Format: 243 mm x 183 mm
Number of Pages: 16
Manufacturer: B.S.A. Cycles Ltd
Distributor: Con. Crowley & Co. Pty Ltd
References: Wikipedia Birmingham Small Arms Company,, accessed 10/09/2010.

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