£3,500 - £4,000
1965 BSA A65 Lightning, 649cc. Registration number KHH 399C. Frame number A50B 7233. Engine number A65.DC.7180.
The A65L Lightning was introduced in 1964, effectively replacing the short-lived Rocket, and based on the twin carburettor Lightning Rocket already available in the USA. Among other cosmetic changes – most notably extra chrome plating and the side panels were now moulded in glass fibre. The engine’s high compression pistons and sports camshaft gave it nearly 50bhp, and the top speed easily exceeded 100MPH.
KHH was bought from a deceased estate in East Grinstead as a one owner machine. Bought as a project, the engine has been fully rebuilt with new pistons and a rebore, new stainless steel rims, new wiring, brakes overhauled, new seat and other smaller parts. It has only covered 3 miles since. The bike comes with a BSA Owners Club report stating the frame was dispatched to T E Munday of Brixton, London on the 14th June 1965, the engine was in a Lightning Clubman dispatched to Claude Rye of London.
Sold with the V5C, and dating certificate, we would recommend gentle running in before spirited use due to the recent rebuild.