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How many Mark II Spitfires were made #674224
11/12/16 12:43 pm
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Anyone have and idea of how many Spitfires Mark II were made. I understand the early ones had GP Carbs so an early number ( what ever that would be ) may say it was equipped with them.
Would the BSA register have that figure and how do I send them a note.

Thanks,
Richard

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Re: How many Mark II Spitfires were made [Re: Richard Phillips] #674275
11/12/16 7:23 pm
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http://www.bsaownersclub.co.uk/contact.html

The form asks for a membership number.

Re: How many Mark II Spitfires were made [Re: Richard Phillips] #674314
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I have see frame number as high as 13001 for 1966 Spitfire MKII's
SORRY FOR THE EARLIER TYPO.

Last edited by Spitfire Ken; 11/15/16 4:24 pm.

The Devil is in the details.

1957 BSA A10 Spitfire Scrambler (number matching, very correct in decent condition)
1965 BSA A65 Lightning Rocket "Clubman" (restored)
1966 BSA A65 Spitfire MK-II (restored)
2001 Kawasaki W650
Re: How many Mark II Spitfires were made [Re: Richard Phillips] #674396
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Frame numbers were shared across the entire range and bikes were made in batches.
Thus 130101 to 130201 could have all been East Coast Spitfires while 130202 to 130666 were all Lightnings followed by .a batch of Thunderbolts 130667 to 130800 then another batch of Spitfires 130801 to 130999, etc etc.
East Coast bikes left the factory first followed by Canada , oft the same spec as US East coast .
West coast followed and if necessary a second batch of East coast.
In the middle of this UK models & Europen/ general export made to sales orders and after all that bikes for Southern Hemisphere countries .
Prior to the 1950 we ( Aust & NZ ) used to get the new season bikes first being our peak selling season is November to Febuary.
Thus the factory could use a protected market to sort out production problems & tweak specs before the Northern higher volume sales but progressively this was reversed so we got last seasons left overs as our new season modles.


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Re: How many Mark II Spitfires were made [Re: BSA_WM20] #674432
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Originally Posted By BSA_WM20
Frame numbers were shared across the entire range and bikes were made in batches.

True, but 130,000 looks a bit high for the unit twins, even for 1966

Originally Posted By BSA_WM20
Prior to the 1950 we ( Aust & NZ ) used to get the new season bikes first being our peak selling season is November to Febuary.
Thus the factory could use a protected market to sort out production problems & tweak specs before the Northern higher volume sales but progressively this was reversed so we got last seasons left overs as our new season modles.

According to Koerner's figures(The Strange Death of the British Motorcycle Industry, p 142), Australia was the higher volume market for the industry as a whole up to 1950 by a very wide margin.
There's a big gap (1951-1957) in the numbers, but we went from 22,000 in 1950 to 2,000 in 1958.

Re: How many Mark II Spitfires were made [Re: Richard Phillips] #674444
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This is the number A65S7140 Came with GPs so it is an early version

Re: How many Mark II Spitfires were made [Re: Richard Phillips] #674448
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Hi Nick

Love it, brilliant. Keep em coming. (opps, sorry if anyone got the hump)

John

Re: How many Mark II Spitfires were made [Re: Richard Phillips] #674489
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Wonderful art.

Re: How many Mark II Spitfires were made [Re: Richard Phillips] #674492
11/15/16 6:04 am
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I am amazed how cheap these are. a few million will get you a totally rebuilt one.I don't fly or have any interest but a big lottery win would see me buying one of these.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-32488837

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