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#785606 09/27/19 8:48 am
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I wish to purchase a classic BSA here in Australia and it just so happens that there is a nice looking machine for sale in my area
my research indicates that it is a mixture or look alike which I do not want
so would it be possible to have this bike identified on this site ?
eng.No.A65SA 4761-Y matches chassis no.
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The -Y means its an oddball and maybe just a notification of a mid year change or a complicated one with a 67 numbers being used by the factory on 69 motorcycles for some unknown reason.

The answer is somewhere in this thread

http://www.britbike.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=523437&page=29

and will need pics of the engine including closeups of the engine stamps and also the same for the frame to sort it out.

A65SA identifies it as a 1967 MK3 Spitfire.

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It looks like a 1967 Spitfire MK111. The -Y is probably the oil pipe manifold modification with the rocker oil feed at the manifold. The pipes are Hornet. It has the small US Spitfire/Hornet tank, correct looking alloy rims and brake.


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A worthy machine!! PRT

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It has a lot of gen Spitfire stuff on it, right down to the 1/4 turn fuel taps and alloy levers, nice find.


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buy that bike, forget what you paid, and ride it.


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i would not kick it out of bed looks great ditch grab rail


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Thanks guys,
This bike came to Australia via the USA hence the different configuration maybe?
Sounds from your opinions that it could be a worthy BSA and a good pickup so I should keep negotiation open.
Will keep you informed
Cheers
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None of us knows when our last day is going to be---so make sure you make the most of every day.
Buy it, ride it and enjoy it!

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Great advice TM
And the sellers best price is..... $ 6700.usd, or £5500
Sound fair for a good ride.
Cheers


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Wasn't the Y also something to do regarding the Zener diode location change from under the seat to under the steering stem?
Looks very tasty except for the peanut tank and high pipes.

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Current: 2 x 1966 A65S, 1 x 1967 A65SA, 1 x 69/70? A65LA space Y, 1 X D14/4 & 1 x B175
Past: 4 x 1976 T160V, 1 74/5 T150V, 83 model GSX 750 ESD, Z650, Katana 1100(Bathurst Model), 79 T140V, 70's TR6, 2 x 1971 BSA 250 Gold Stars, 50's 350 Goldie, A65 Spitfire semi basket case, 1965/6? A65 LC, Tiger 21 350 & a D14/4 Bantam, 175 Bridgestone Twin with Zimmerman discs!
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Bastard, nay... Looks quite original to me, '67 Spit (although the image is fuzzy on my screen).


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Originally Posted by John Goodwin
Wasn't the Y also something to do regarding the Zener diode location change from under the seat to under the steering stem?
Looks very tasty except for the peanut tank and high pipes.

They all got the rocker oil feed modification.
The road twins also changed to the 6CA contact breaker assembly, and probably moved the zener diode to under the steering head with the new heat sink.

The single colour tank and high pipes are Hornet. Put low pipes and a 5 gallon tank on and it will be just the shot. That will cost a few bob, though.

btw, I should have another try to drop in for a chat now that it's warming up.

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my pics went fuzzy too

Is it really a bitsa ?
probably not for me then.
thanks all antway.
OB


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Sorry about the pics I don't know how to fix


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You don't need to fix, in Chrome browser you can add and enable the Photobucket Fix extension and the blurring will disappear.

The stamps look genuine Factory Stamps from 67.

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Originally Posted by Ozzybiker
Is it really a bitsa ?
probably not for me then.
thanks all antway.
OB
I wouldn't day it's a bit as such. It looks like a genuine Spitfire, just with some Hornet parts fitted.
The 2 gallon Hornet tank was the same as the 2 gallon US Spitfire tank apart from having the single (darker?) colour gel coat instead of the red/white scallop colour scheme.
The tank and exhausts aren't hard to replace, but will cost a bit, which can be offset if you can find somebody in need of the Hornet parts. It might be a useful bargaining point.

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Would love to see you Shane, anytime.
Best regards
Cheers John


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Oops, missed the high exhaust. Not too big a deal, street exhaust is cheaper and more available than Hornet stuff, as Shane said. Still, you might be able to negotiate the price down a few bucks for the incorrect parts. Over here, $6700 would be getting close to museum-quality.


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