1938

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The second year under Valentine Page as chief designer. All 1937 models were continued but during this year a new coil ignition model was introduced which became the founding father of the long running C series: the C10. This was also the year that the M24 Gold Star was introduced after Wal Handley's success at the Brooklands circuit. He earned a Gold Star after lapping at over 100 mph while riding a tuned M23 Empire Star on dope.

BSA 1938 models

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250 c.c. S .V. Tourer B20 B20 or 250 c.c. S.V. Tourer. The basic 249cc SV model with hand gear change. black frame, green petrol tank.
250 c.c. O.H.V. Sports B21 B21 or 250 c.c. O.H.V. Sports. In spite of its name the basic 249cc OHV model with hand gear change. black frame, chrome plated petrol tank with green panels.
250 c.c. O.H.V. Empire Star B22 B22 or 250 c.c. O.H.V. Empire Star. Sports model 250 cc OHV with special hardened cylinder and matching piston rings. New colour options (green or red tank panels and other cycle parts) optionally fitted with upswept exhaust pipe. black frame, chrome plated petrol tank with Empire Star green panels. Chrome plated wheel rims. Low level exhaust system. Upswept exhaust pipe optional.
350c.c. S.V. Tourer B23 B23 or 350 c.c. S.V. Tourer. The 350cc SV model on offer with hand gear change. black frame, chrome plated petrol tank with green panels.
350 c.c . O.H.V. Sports B26 B26 or 350 c.c. O.H.V. Sports. In spite of its name the basic 348cc OHV model with hand gear change. black frame, chrome plated petrol tank with green panels.
350 c.c . O.H.V. Empire Star B24 B24 or 350 c.c. O.H.V. Empire Star. Sports model 348 cc OHV with same extras as on the B22 but optionally fitted with two upswept exhaust pipes. black frame, chrome plated petrol tank with Empire Star green panels. Chrome plated wheel rims. Standard with low level exhaust system. Optionally fitted with upswept exhaust system. Two port head with upswept exhaust pipes extra.
350 c.c . O.H.V. Competition B25 B25 or 350 c.c. O.H.V. Competition. The 348cc OHV Competition version. Actually a B24 with narrow round section mudguards, upswept exhaust pipe, 18" rear wheel and 21" front wheel and sunp protection plate. Also optionally fitted with two upswept exhaust pipes. black frame, chrome plated petrol tank with green panels, chrome plated mudguards, chainguard, chaincase, high level exhaust system, 18" rear wheel and 21" front wheel fitted with Dunlop competition tyres. Two port head with upswept exhaust pipes extra.
250 c.c. S .V. C10 C10 or 250 c.c. S.V. The newly introduced basic 249cc SV model with hand gear change but with coil ignition which was a first for BSA. The cycle parts were basically the same as those of the models B1 and B2 of 1936. This model was introduced half way through the year in a separate catalogue dedicated to this new model. black frame, green petrol tank.
350 c.c . O.H.V. de Luxe M19 M19 or 350 cc. O.H.V. de Luxe. LLow capacity model for the M-group models, a 350cc OHV in very heavy cycle parts. This model was dropped in 1939. black frame, chrome plated petrol tank with green panels and instrument panel in petrol tank. Quickly detachable rear wheel.
500 c.c . S.V. Tourer M20 M20 or 500 c.c. S.V. Tourer. The last year of this standard 500cc SV model with the 8 bolt cylinder head. The new 10 cylinder head bolt model would turn into a big seller because of World War II when it became one of the standard military models although it missed out on the first acceptance tests. black frame, green petrol tank with instrument panel. Quickly detachable rear wheel.
500 c.c . O.H.V. Empire Star M23 M23 or 500 c.c. O.H.V. Empire Star. The topmodel "The Masterpiece of the Industry", sports version of the 500 cc OHV fitted with the same equipment as the B24 but also with a 20" front wheel (nice for the people who sell these tyre sizes nowadays!). Also optional two upswept exhaust pipes.
600 c.c. S.V. Tourer M21 M21 or 600 c.c. S.V. Tourer. The M21 was a M20 with revised bore and stroke 82 x 112mm which would remain on until the end (this was the BSA model with the longest production run). black frame, green petrol tank with instrument panel. Quickly detachable rear wheel.
M24 (Solo) or 500 c.c. O.H.V. Gold Star. M24 (Solo) or 500 c.c. O.H.V. Gold Star. The Gold Star was designed as a result of the Gold Star of Brooklands awarded for a lap at an average of 100 mph with a tuned up BSA 500cc Empire Star. The Gold Star could be supplied in three versions a racing version (alcohol fuelled), competition model and standard model, fitted with different pistons. On some models the engine castings and the gearbox shell were made of magnesium alloy for weight saving(?) or extra rigidity. black frame, chrome plated petrol tank with matt silver panels and optional tool box in petrol tank, chrome plated oil tank with black panel. Quickly detachable rear wheel.
500 c.c. O.H.V. Sports M22 M22 or 500 c.c. O.H.V. Sports. The Basic 496cc OHV model of the M group models. black frame, chrome plated petrol tank with green panels and instrument panel in petrol tank. Two port head with upswept exhaust pipes extra. Quickly detachable rear wheel.
750 c.c . O.H.V. Vee-Twin Y13 Y13 or 750 c.c. O.H.V. Vee-Twin. This spectacular 750 cc OHV V-twin survived the Val Page storms together with G14. Almost identical to the 1936 version. 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 or 1,000 c.c. Vee-twin. This big beast was still up and about although by now fairly obsolete because of the total loss lubrication system. The tradesman's favorite because of its sidecar haulage capacity. black frame, chrome plated petrol tank with green panels, instrument panel in tank. Quickly detachable and interchangeable wheels but still with hand change.

 

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