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Genuine 1965 BSA Lightning Clubman

Price: £10 700 ≈ $13180 ≈ €12386

Item location: Southampton, UK United Kingdom
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My friend James passed away in May and I am assisting his wife with the sale of his bike. It is a genuine 1965 A65 Lightning Clubman.
BSA only made 200 Lightning Clubmans in 1965, so as to get homologation for production racing. The ace bars, rear-sets and single humped seat were fitted by BSA as original equipment. The model is best known for Hailwood beating the Triumphs on one at the prestigious Hutchinson 100 race in 1965.
This one is definitely genuine and not a replica. We know who the first owner was and when and where he bought it, because by a stroke of great luck the first owner's best friend got in touch. They both bought identical Clubmans from the same dealer at the same time with consecutive number plates. We have correspondence and photos of the two of them on their bikes which will be included in the sale. Also, the BSA owners club issued a certificate of authenticity (see photos).
The second owner bought the bike in 1969. We have the original Hire Purchase Agreement from 1969. He sold it to James in 2014. It had been SORNed since 1981.
James restored it during 2014/15. I converted it to 12V and advised him at each step of the rebuild. A highly respected local chap rebuilt the engine. Records of the work done and receipts are included in the sale.
It was MOTed and back on the road in May 2015 and has covered about 4500 miles since. James made it look smart but he also made it ride really well. It is thoroughly shaken down, just put petrol in and go!
As we found, it is difficult to find “sold for” prices for genuine Clubmans because they very rarely come up for sale. Having said that, one did sell for £15K via carandclassic in June this year. That one was slightly better cosmetically in a couple of areas but not as close to original spec as this one. There is just one significant blemish on this bike which is a scratch on the right side-panel (see photos). The bike can be accurately described as very close to immaculate. And my personal opinion is that you are unlikely to find one with a better engine.
Contact me to arrange to view the bike. More info available when you view the bike. Buyer collects once funds have cleared. Sold as seen, no warranty given.
Some more details
Stainless steel wheel rims and spokes. Lots of other stainless parts including oil pressure release valve. Progressive fork springs. Pazon SureFire with electronics box and double ended coil in the toolbox. SRM 7 plate conversion (6 friction plates used because it has the flanged shock absorber) SRM alloy clutch pressure plate with the needle roller lifter. SRM sump cover with magnetic drain plug. Original Monoblocs were trued and the slides sleeved by a local firm (this hugely improved its behaviour). Brand new rear tube and tyre and lots of tread on the front. Instruments restored by A Pople. Original (very oily!) instruction manual. Workshop manual, parts list etc etc.
The engine hadn't been run for over two months but it started first kick. And it ticks over straight away. The throttle response is instant! The tinkling you can hear is the springs in the rear shock covers – James was planning to put the original style top and bottom shrouds on the shocks which will fix the tinkling.


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