No way! If it was a 1938 V-twin I would be begging about now.
Since there are no pictures I haven't a clue what it's worth. I think the Hagerty folks might have a service that includes assessing old bikes (since they insure them). You might give them a call. I would also give the action houses a call (J Wood etc.) They might have somebody you could talk to.
If he wants $10,000 I would pay without question once I saw the bike. I would want this bike merely so I could do the Cannonball run cross the country. It's no fun unless you can ride 'em.
Picture of a 1921 Model E Flat Tanker V-Twin:
Here is a picture of the bike in question:
1922 BSA V-Twin 770cc. Notice the "home before dark" Lucas Carbide lights. Yum!
Last edited by Semper Gumby; 02/03/137:57 pm.
Gaggle of BSAs a Honda an old BMW and a Montesa Parking lot Elf in training
Larry, the NADA guide is way off on early machines unfortunately ... it gives a value for an "Excellent" 1936 BSA Y13 at about 25% of true value & the price given for a "poor" condition 1935 J12 is what alot of people I know would happily pay for a gearbox.
In UK a correctly restored 770 would be between £8,000 & £14,000 ($12,500-$22,000) but I do know US prices are lower so $10,000-$17,000 Its very dependant on originality, serial number integrity & quality of resto & any provenance. Best price obtained for that would be in Australia.
Down here ( where there are more surviving BSA V twins than any where else in to world ) you would be looking at any where from $ 10,000 to $ 25,000 Aust. Blokes pay $ 10,000 for them sight unseen. There s a dedicated Yahoo forum for BSA V Twins. They have their fingers on the pulse and will give you the best idea.
As for the carbide lamp they are more than adequate for the speeds that the 770 will do. They were not a fast bike in any way shape or form and a good C10 will happily keep up with one.
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#475709 - 02/04/1311:49 pmRe: 1922 A 770 BSA V Twin find
it turns out its a 1921 and it looks to be restored but its missing the headlight but it has the passenger rear seat i wish i could post the one picture i took, but i cant seem to get what to do, thanks for all the help - we will be making an offer on the 3 bikes the guy has 1921 BSA 770 - 1926 harley JD and a 1942 WLA original right down to the Thompson submachine gun and we are already very close on price thanks again -- jz
If I can do it anybody can do it. 1. Open an account with Photobucket or some other picture Hosting website. Photobucket is free, probably others as well. 2. Upload the picture to Photobucket by following the instructions. 3. The picture will go into an album. Open the album and select the picture by clicking on it. To the right of the picture will be a dialog box called "Image Links". Click on the last one "IMG Code". This copies the picture. A little yellow box saying "copied" should appear. 4.With both Photobucket and the Brit Bike message box open ... paste (ctrl v) the photo into the message box. At first you just see the name of the picture but when you submit the message the picture appears.
I could have done a bike picture but thought I would change it up with a car picture. Its my 67 Austin Cooper S in the Cambell's soup commercial 'How Do You Measure Happiness' ... by the car-full in this case.