Unlike auto manufacturers, there are no sources for production data for BSA's. It is safe to say that, in the mid to late '60's, BSA produced over 20,000 bikes per year (all models). A production year was about 9-10 months as they took the summer off.
1967 BSA Wasp 1967 BSA Hornet (West Coast Model) 1967 BSA Hornet (East Coast Model) 1968 BSA Firebird Scrambler 1968 BSA Spitfire Mark IV
Just to correct the holiday figures. I worked in the engineering industries in the UK West Midlands in the 1960s and 1970s. All manufacturing plants had just two weeks holiday. The whole factory except for the millwrights went on holiday at the same time. The holiday period was fixed by city. Coventry for example was the last week of July and the first week of August. If I remember correctly the Birmingham shut down was the first two weeks of August. The reason the millwrights did not take the shutdown holiday is that they were the guys who installed new equipment, jigs and tooling on the production lines. They changed these during the shutdown period to produce the next years model vehicle/bike. That is why the new years model started with manufacturing dates in August/September. The idea of 2/3 months holiday would have been laughed at at that time. The holiday shutdown had only recently been increased to two weeks from one week in the 1950s. HTH
Just to correct the holiday figures. I worked in the engineering industries in the UK West Midlands in the 1960s and 1970s. All manufacturing plants had just two weeks holiday. .......
The idea of 2/3 months holiday would have been laughed at at that time. The holiday shutdown had only recently been increased to two weeks from one week in the 1950s.
Hmm, we here in the US need to get caught up. Shaun's always taking the pee out of me for never having more than about 2 weeks holiday that I can take at once, when he gets something like 10 months (well, maybe more like 6 weeks but it sounds like 10 months the way he tells it ....)
If I took off for 6 weeks, they'd realize they could do without me!
Lannis--the situation in UK started to change in the 1980s---first of all a move to three weeks holiday and then to four--which I think it is now generally. But if you go to Germany for example they have six weeks holiday plus at the last count about 14 public/religious holidays! We have a fair way to go in the States to match that!
Thats OK Gary no problem. As to the despatch year--I dont know the answer to that. However just before the holiday just like any manufacturing plant in which I have worked or run,I guess they tried to get everything out that they could (pressure from accountants etc). Then when the workforce comes back after the holiday there may be a delay due to teething problems in assembling the new years model. I guess this could vary from a couple of days to several weeks. On average I doubt if there was more than a month gap in despatches over the holiday period. Could be verified from the despatch records I suppose. HTH