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#21059 02/06/07 8:56 am
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Over on the Brit Iron board there is a hot debate on Spitfires and weather some models actually exicted when there seem to be little to no factory literature to support them.

Which got me to wondering about one of my own beasties.

You see I have a 1973 A 65 L

It was bought new in OZ in 1974 as a discontinued 1973 model and painted a funny light metallic green.
A friend also has a 1973 A 65L only his was painted white in a similar finish.
I have also seen them in blue & red.
Easy to spot due to the fact that they had tank top decals on the side covers with the thin "lightning 650" decal immediately above.
Most had the late model front guards with the extra stay and most were painted to match the tank and of course black frames.
They were originally made in the 1971 season but all seen to have been fitted with just about all of the 1972 internal improvements.

There are a few theories regarding their origins but I just thought that some on this list may actually know some facte or just know some one who still has one ( better still if they bought it new)


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#21060 02/06/07 9:24 pm
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back in the day when i was working at a new england shop (around 1973) a lot of BSA A65's appeared as 1973 models. We were told at the time the were bikes put together at the end and sat for 3 or 4 monthes before they were shipped out. Maybe these bikes everyone seems to have I think they are the end of the line bikes that arrived at dealers all over the world very very late.


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68 A65L 1905 BSA Martini
67 T120R 1944 BSA 303 Enfiled
73 TR5T 68 A65S
62 T100 54 M105A2
71 A65FS 78 M880
66 A65H 67 M35A2
68 A65FS

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