Minichamps MIN122130001 1958 BSA Gold Star DBD34 Clubman Motorcycle - Black (1:12 Scale)
"German precision engineering at its finest!"
- The Motor Pool
The roots of the BSA 'Gold Star' reach back to the 1930s. In 1937, 'Wal' Handley was the first man to be clocked around Brooklands with an average speed of over 100 miles per hour on a motorbike. Later all riders that could equal this speed were awarded a golden 'Brooklands-Star' pin. Henceforth, BSA changed the name of its 'Empire Star' bike to 'Gold Star'.
The 'Gold Star DBD34' came out in 1956. Its engine had a power output of 40 HP at 7000rpm and it weighed a mere 140 kilos whereas top speed was an astonishing 177kph. Characteristic features were the sports exhaust and stubby handlebars, giving the bike a racer look.
Today, the 'Gold Star' is one of the most sought after motorbikes among collectors.
Pictured here is a 1:12 scale replica of a 1958 BSA Gold Star Clubman DBD34 motorcycle in black. Comes in a handsome presentation case. Sold Out!
Length: 7 inches
Height: 3.50 inches
Release Date: January 2010
Historical Account: "Chasing a Feather in the Wind" - Of all the BSA Gold Stars produced, the most prized model was the 500 cc DBD34 introduced in 1956, with clip-on handlebars, finned alloy engine, polished tank, 36 mm bell-mouth Amal carburettor and swept-back exhaust. The DBD34 had a 110 mph (177 km/h) top speed. The Gold Star dominated the Isle of Man Clubmans TT that year. Production ended in 1963.
Towards the end, the Gold Star was only offered in scrambles, or Clubmans trim. In 1963, Lucas ceased to produce the magneto used in the B series, and that line of singles was ended. A sporting single was not produced again till the BSA B50 models that were produced from 1971 through 1973. Some remaining stock were marketed in 1974 as Triumphs, and later CCM used BSA B50 bottom ends in their early specials.