BSA Rocket Three
Price: $7 620 ≈ €7002 ≈ £6000
Item location: Yarra Glen, Victoria, AU
Seller notes: Project - In need of restoration
BSA A75R Rocket III - Project Bike
If you're reading this, then you know that this is a rare bike to find as a project, and is an expensive collector bike when restored.
Engine number is XCO 1005 A75R, with frame number XCO 1005 A75R. There is also 829777 stamped on the frame pad which I haven't seen before, so if anyone can enlighten me, I'll put the info up here on the listing.
Built in December 1969, this is a matching numbers A75R Rocket 3. Back in the day it was the most powerful and fastest bike in its class, and it can still hold its own in today's traffic conditions.
With only 5,897 of all types ever built between 1968 - 1972, they are rare and sought after today.
As can be seen in the photos, she is very original and complete with all of the major components in place and is showing only 6,242 miles.
Clearly a project bike, the Rocket 3 will obviously need new paintwork, seat recovering, new chrome, new tyres and some smaller parts such as cables etc. as well as a full checkover and reconditioning. Basically, what you'd expect of a bike that has been laid up for some years. I do have the brake pedal for the rear brake, it's just not on the bike at present.
The engine turns over easily, the clutch works and the gearbox selects all the gears. The carburettors are the original Amals and the original airbox is still there too.
She still has both side and main stands, and the rear grab rail. The petrol tank is clean inside and has no rust underneath, the seat base only needs a coat of black paint - again no rust. Even the wiring loom looks re-useable.
She comes with a brand new set of Ray-Gun mufflers that I bought from the UK to motivate me to begin the restoration...which has never happened.
Largely original and complete with all of the main components, this would be a very rewarding and straightforward restoration project. All the necessary parts are easily available through the usual British bike suppliers.
It's the usual story - only for sale as I have too many projects on the go at present.
Inspection and questions are welcomed but before the auction ends please.
* Production numbers are from the 'Triples online' website and from Roy Bacon's book Triumph & BSA Triples
Mystery solved - the additional number on the frame number pad (829777) is the part number for the frame and appears on other A75's as well. So she is a true matching numbers bike.