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1968 A65 firebird
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I am wondering if anyone has a record of 1968 numbers. My lightening is fitted with a 1968 firebird engine. I checked my numbers against my friends matching nos. Bike. They were 3000 off. I thought they only made 200 or so firebird in 1968. We're they made in small batches? I find it funny they are so far apart.Any ideas would be appreciated.

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Re: 1968 A65 firebird
jfligg #591468 03/23/15 4:38 pm
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Maybe the numbers were the same series for all models and only the designation was different.
e.g. LB or (FB).

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Re: 1968 A65 firebird
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Originally Posted by trevinoz

e.g. LB or Facebook.


Didn't know Facebook was a serial number? laughing

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Re: 1968 A65 firebird
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The 200 1968 Firebird Scramblers is a complete fabrication. Without even thinking very hard, I can think of about 10 within 100 mile radius of my house, including 2 in the New Philadelphia (15 miles from my house) that are still in the original families. I know several of the regular posters have 68 FB's.

Not sure who started the myth, but it just doesn't want to die


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Re: 1968 A65 firebird
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There are several urban legends regarding the how few '68 Firebird Scrambler's were produced. Some legends say only 200, others say 250, or 300. Having personally researched the original factory production books in the UK in 2010, the 1968 books being some of them, I can safely say that all of those totals are way off the actual total.

In terms of your number being 3000 different than the other is not unusual as the various models were made in groups going through the production line. The Firebird, like the other models would have been produced several times during the model year would, hence the numbers could be significantly different.

My registry data base that I maintain on the '68 Firebird Scrambler shows that a majority of them would have numbers in the 3,000's, 6,000's, 7,000's and 8,000's number groups. Yours and theirs are likely in those number groups.

PM me your number info, and theirs if you have it, and I will see how they fit in the database compilation that I have.


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Re: 1968 A65 firebird
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Originally Posted by Rich B
The 200 1968 Firebird Scramblers is a complete fabrication. Without even thinking very hard, I can think of about 10 within 100 mile radius of my house, including 2 in the New Philadelphia (15 miles from my house) that are still in the original families. I know several of the regular posters have 68 FB's.

Not sure who started the myth, but it just doesn't want to die


Whoever it was started the myth, I guarantee you he put it in his eBay ad!

I always look at adverts for 68 and 69 FBs (having one myself), and all the ads USED to say "Only 300 Made".

Then someone one-upped them with "Only 250 made" and everyone picked up on that and started using it in THEIR ads.

Now it's down to 200, and THAT'S the number everyone uses.

I'll bet there were 3500 of them made. They're everywhere ....

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Re: 1968 A65 firebird
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For sale, SUPER RARE BSA Firebird 1 of 0 made that year
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Re: 1968 A65 firebird
Allan G #591582 03/24/15 8:50 am
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Originally Posted by Allan Gill
Originally Posted by trevinoz

e.g. LB or Facebook.


Didn't know Facebook was a serial number? laughing


Anytime you abbreviate Firebird, you get face book.

Another case of "corporate intrusion".

"Keep Big Corporate out of my personal emails"


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Re: 1968 A65 firebird
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Originally Posted by BritTwit
Originally Posted by Allan Gill
Originally Posted by trevinoz

e.g. LB or Facebook.


Didn't know Facebook was a serial number? laughing


Anytime you abbreviate Firebird, you get face book.

Another case of "corporate intrusion".

"Keep Big Corporate out of my personal emails"


You probably CAN'T keep them out, especially if you've ever used the poxy thing.

Don't forget ....

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Re: 1968 A65 firebird
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I read someplace(so it must be true)that about this time the whole BSA annual shipment missed the USA dealers deadline (for their riding season) The USA dealers refused to accept it and all got shipped back to the factory. All that years stuff got scuttle butted up with the next years produce so it don't pay to look too hard or overthink this stuff. Then again, history is a pack of lies so who knows?


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Re: 1968 A65 firebird
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for your data base, I have a lower end under the work bench stamped

A65FB 8250


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Re: 1968 A65 firebird
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Originally Posted by BritTwit
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for your data base, I have a lower end under the work bench stamped

A65FB 8250

Thanks for the info.


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Re: 1968 A65 firebird
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Actually the myth is the 1967 Firebird...

Re: 1968 A65 firebird
Semper Gumby #593207 04/02/15 7:47 pm
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Originally Posted by Semper Gumby
Actually the myth is the 1967 Firebird...


Or the 68 Hornet. I've seen that factory literature about them.

Re: 1968 A65 firebird
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And there are '68 Hornet side cover transfers out there. They look like the '68 style checkerboard transfers with 'Hornet" on them. How phony is that?


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Re: 1968 A65 firebird
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Great cartoon Lannis! I think I'll post it on eff bee. (Gotcha FB!... oops!)

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Re: 1968 A65 firebird
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Hi

To clarify a bit we use Active text here on this forum.
some words that you type will become a link automatically such as the word Facebook
I also programmed so that the short for Facebook "FB" would be changed to Facebook however after reading this thread I have now deleted active text for FB so now nothing happen to that short cut...all clear with you grin

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Re: 1968 A65 firebird
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Thanks Morgan
Another irritating splinter removed


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Re: 1968 A65 firebird
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Im a new BSA owner. I just purchased an A65FB that has been "Lighning-ized". Mine is serial 3383. Opinions please on whether I should return it to a Firebird....exhaust, fuel tank, etc. Especially since only 200 were made :-) Harvey

Re: 1968 A65 firebird
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Hi Harvey, you might want to start a fresh post, “Zombie threads” rarely get the help that’s required.


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