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1966 BSA Spitfire MKII

1966 BSA Spitfire MKII

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Aug 06, 2014
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VIN (Vehicle Identification Number): A65S8281
Year: 1966 Mileage: 6,060
Make: BSA Exterior Color: Orange
Model: Spitfire MKII Vehicle Title: Clear

Offered for auction is this beautiful 1966 BSA Spitfire MKII. This machine was completely restored by the previous owner, and it was his pride and joy weekend rider for about 25 years. This is a matching engine & frame serial number bike with clear matching serial number title in my name, ready to be transferred to the new owner. It also features the correct Borrani Record aluminum rims, and the 190mm front brake assembly. MKII Spitfires are the sleepers of the collector bike hobby, this despite the fact that they really are a very unique low-production machines. From my readings I understand that the BSA dispatch books show a little over  800  MKII Spitfires were built in 1966 , and given its performance-bike nature, I’m sure that a lot of them never survived the 1960s without being blown up. I found this bike, just as you see it, several years ago on consignment at the Brit-bike shop that maintained it for the previous owner for all those years, where it was being sold by the estate of the owner. Before I bought the bike it was serviced by the shop, so that it was ready to enjoy. Since that time it has been sitting in my collection.


This bike has been fitted with later carbs and a steel tank, but the good news is that the AMAL GP carbs and original small tank are included with the bike, along with most of the other takeoff parts to return the bike to box stock. Even though the orange color is nothing that was offered by BSA, you can tell from the close-ups shots of the paint work that it was a high quality job, and it reflects the pride that the previous owner had for this machine. If you look at the photo of the original tank, you can see that much of the original flamboyant red paint is still there on the bottom of the tank. And this tank has been off the road for so long that it has probably never tasted ethanol gas, so it should be ready for a coat of sealer and new paint. With some of the prices I have seen for fully restored original MKII Spitfires, it would be a rewarding & worthwhile winters work to repaint the original tank and side covers, and get all the other original parts back on this bike.  Or just enjoy it the way it is, and keep those rare parts on the shelf.


Speaking of GP carbs… Back in the mid-1990s I ran into a fellow at an AMCA bike show who used to be the East Coast dealer rep for BSA during the 1960s. I asked him what the true story was about the MKII Spitfire & its GP carbs. He said that there really was no problem at all with the bikes, but that owners didn’t appreciate the fact that these were true racing carbs, with no idle circuit. They were pulling up to traffic lights, pulling in the clutch lever and expecting the bike to idle by itself. And of course it would stall out. He said that the proper procedure was to keep revving the engine at all times to keep it going. Attempting to re-training owners must have been more trouble than it was worth, because for 1967 BSA dropped the racing carbs for more traditional units, and the MKIII Spitfire was born.


Please ask all questions prior to bidding. Overseas sales are no problem, but I cannot help with any shipping estimates. Payment must be received within one week of auction end, and the bike must be picked up/shipped within one month of auction end. Personal checks are OK, but this will delay pickup/shipment. Sorry but the bike does not move before the payment is here, no exceptions. Good luck!

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