1936

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In this exuberant year BSA had 18 models lined up in the catalogue, of which 6 models were new introductions. This was a transitional year because more or less all models were revised but at the end of this year they had a new designer at BSA who killed off all the vintage look models. In 1936 the last two figures of the year were omitted in the model names. This year saw the introduction of the Q models.

BSA 1936 models

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1.49 h.p. O.H.V. X0 X35-0 or 1.49 h.p. O.H.V. The tax friendly 150cc OHV model with total loss lubrication now gained a cush drive in its primary transmission but retained its Lucas Maglita. For those people who could not handle the awesome power of the 250cc models. black frame, green petrol tank. Both oil and petrol filler caps in the petrol tank. Magdyno extra.
2.49 h.p. S.V. B1 B1 or 2.49 h.p. S.V. The basic 249cc SV model with total loss lubrication but now with Lucas Magdyno. black frame, green petrol tank. Both oil and petrol filler caps in the petrol tank.
2.49 h.p. O.H.V. B2 B2 or 2.49 h.p. O.H.V. The basic 249cc OHV model with total loss lubrication but now with Lucas Magdyno. black frame, chrome plated petrol tank with green panels. Both oil and petrol filler caps in the petrol tank.
2.49 h.p. O.H.V. B18 B18 Light de Luxe or 2.49 h.p. O.H.V. Light de Luxe. The basic 249cc OHV model with total loss lubrication pimped up with a four speed gearbox, 8 inch head lamp and separate oil tank with Lucas Magdyno. black frame, chrome plated petrol tank with green panels. Separate oil tank, 8 inch head lamp and four speed gearbox.
2.49 h.p.O.H.V. de Luxe B3 B3 de Luxe or 2.49 h.p. O.H.V. de Luxe. The 249cc high camshaft model with dry sump lubrication. The smaller brother of the R4 model with which it shared the same cycle parts but with 100cc less. Last year for the high camshaft single cylinder models. black frame, chrome plated petrol tank with green panels.
3.48 h.p. O.H.V. De-Luxe R4 R4 de Luxe or 3.49 h.p. O.H.V. de Luxe. The 348cc OHV high camshaft model. The last year of the high camshaft single cylinder models. black frame, chrome plated petrol tank with green panels.
3.48 h.p. O.H.V. de Luxe R19 Competition Competition Model R19 or 3.49 h.p. O.H.V. de Luxe. The 348cc OHV high camshaft competiton model. Only made in 1936 and less than 100 built. black frame, chrome plated petrol tank with green panels, chrome plated mudguards, chainguard, high level exhaust system, 18" rear wheel and 21" front wheel, quick action twistgrip, prop stand and quickly detachable rear wheel.
3.48 h.p. O.H.V. Standard R17 Standard Model R17 or 3.49 h.p. O.H.V. Standard. The basic 348cc OHV model suitable "for fast solo and sporting sidecar work". black frame, chrome plated petrol tank with green panels and instrument panel in petrol tank. Quickly detachable rear wheel.
3.48 h.p. O.H.V. New Blue Star R20 R20 New Blue Star or 3.48 h.p. O.H.V. New Blue Star. The improved sporting 348cc OHV Blue Star type, with all the extra bits like high compression piston, special cams, upswept exhaust pipes, foot change and AMAL Pump carburetter. black frame, chrome plated petrol tank with green panels, instrument panel in tank, chrome plated rims with black centres. Two upswept exhaust pipes, foot change gearbox, high compression piston, special cams and AMAL pump carburetter. Quickly detachable rear wheel.
4.96 h.p. O.H.V. New Blue Star Q21 Q21 New Blue Star or 4.96 h.p. O.H.V. New Blue Star. The sporting 496cc OHV Blue Star type, with all the extra bits like high compression piston, special cams, upswept exhaust pipes, foot change and AMAL Pump carburetter. black frame, chrome plated petrol tank with green panels, instrument panel in tank, chrome plated rims with black centres. Two upswept exhaust pipes, foot change gearbox, high compression piston, special cams and AMAL pump carburetter. Quickly detachable rear wheel.
3.48 h.p. O.H.V. Empire Star R5 R5 Empire Star or 3.48 h.p. O.H.V. Empire Star. The top of the line sporting 348cc OHV Empire Star model was introduced for the Silver Jubilee of King George V. It has the same specification as the New Blue Star with all the extra bits like high compression piston, special cams, upswept exhaust pipes, foot change and AMAL Pump carburetter. Low compression piston supplied as spare. black frame, chrome plated petrol tank with Empire Star green panels, instrument panel in tank, chrome plated rims with green centres. Two upswept exhaust pipes, foot change gearbox, high compression piston, special cams and AMAL pump carburetter. Quickly detachable rear wheel.
4.96 h.p. O.H.V. Empire Star Q8 Q8 Empire Star or 4.96 h.p. O.H.V. Empire Star. The top of the line sporting 496cc OHV Empire Star model was introduced for the Silver Jubilee of King George V. It has the same specification as the New Blue Star with all the extra bits like low compression piston, special cams, upswept exhaust pipes, foot change and AMAL Pump carburetter. High compression piston supplied as spare. black frame, chrome plated petrol tank with Empire Star green panels, instrument panel in tank, chrome plated rims with green centres. Two upswept exhaust pipes, foot change gearbox, high compression piston, special cams and AMAL pump carburetter. Quickly detachable rear wheel.
4.99 h.p. S.V. W6 W6or 4.99 h.p. S.V. The standard 499cc SV slogger for sidecar use. black frame, chrome plated petrol tank with green panels, instrument panel in tank. Quickly detachable rear wheel.
4.99 h.p. O.H.V. Q7 Q7 or 4.99 h.p. O.H.V. The 499cc OHV twin port single. black frame, chrome plated petrol tank with green panels, instrument panel in tank. Quickly detachable rear wheel.
4.98 h.p. O.H.V. Vee-Twin J12 J12 Vee-Twin or 4.98 h.p. Vee-Twin. The last year for the 498cc OHV V-twin. black frame, chrome plated petrol tank with green panels, instrument panel in tank. Quickly detachable rear wheel.
5.95 h.p. S.V. M10 M10 or 5.95 h.p. S.V. New model introduced in 1936 and only made for this year. A 595cc SV engine fitted in a G14 frame. black frame, chrome plated petrol tank with green panels, instrument panel in tank. Quickly detachable and interchangeable wheels.
7.48 h.p. O.H.V. Vee-Twin Y13 Y13 Vee-Twin or 7.48 h.p. O.H.V. Vee-Twin. New model OHV V-twin based on the J12 but increased in size. It shares the same frame with a G14. black frame, chrome plated petrol tank with green panels, instrument panel in tank. Quickly detachable and interchangeable wheels.
9.86 h.p. Vee-Twin G14 G14 Vee-Twin or 9.86 h.p. Vee-twin. The 986cc sidevalve V-twin still with total loss lubrication but now with separate oil tank under the saddle. black frame, chrome plated petrol tank with green panels, instrument panel in tank. Quickly detachable and interchangeable wheels and now with separate oil tank and standard with a four speed gearbox.

 

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