If you are a hopeless petrol-sniffer like most of us are here at Sportscar-Services, chances are you’ve already seen the 1970 BSA 441 Victor Special which was posted on last weeks Bring-a-Trailer daily finds–if not, here’s a link to the incredible bike which we helped its original and sole owner move from his basement after a nearly 40 year slumber.
Extracted from it’s original military lieutenant’s basement last week, it has been in dry storage since the early/mid 1970’s and is perhaps one of the most original and best documented examples left on the planet. This bike is factory original down to its tires and brakes, and sale includes every part, tool and document ever associated with its delivery/importation, ownership and service (including original bill of lading, shipping container placard, original quote inquiry and military correspondences surrounding the on-base motorcycle ban)–over 100 documents in total. Include with the bike is a hand-built wooden service and storage stand.
Imported new to a military base in Iceland by its current owner, this BSA was shelved upon assembly after a base-wide motorcycle ban was implemented by the location commander. Once it’s purchaser returned state-side, the bike was ridden for a short while in Massachusetts before it was again placed in storage, where it remained until late last week. This motorcycle retains its original 1974 Massachusetts plate, and the sale includes a clean title of the same period.
A true museum piece with a captivating story, there exists a certain intangibility to this motorcycle when viewed in the context of its story and completeness–a truly special and one-of-a-kind machine.
If you’ve been a long time reader of David Clark’s “This Week in the Shop”, or have been a regular customer of Westminster Vermont’s own Sportscar-Services, you might have already discovered that your favorite British Car specialty shop has undergone some changes for Spring of 2015!
After nearly 30 years of providing the English car community with exceptional restoration and repair services, owner David Clark of Vermont’s Sports Car Services has chosen to pursue a new chapter in his lifetime of automotive pursuit and has passed the Sportscar Services gauntlet to long-time colleague Gary Gammans, and his staff at G&R Autoworks in Keene, NH.
While David will be retiring from daily duties in the shop, the staff and projects will continue largely unchanged with Butch Howe (David’s highly skilled and knowledgeable English car technician of 12 years) and George Rowbottom (now the active SCS main contact) staying aboard to continue the Sportscar-Services legacy and provide familiar faces to the outfit’s many long-time customers. While we will all miss seeing David each day, the merger of Gary’s and David’s staff allows Sports Car Services to boast nearly 200 years worth of combined experience in servicing and restoring vintage automobiles–allowing Sportscar-Services to be better prepared than ever to tackle any maintenance or restoration job, no matter the size.
We are all quite enthusiastic about being a part of this new chapter of the perhaps the East-Coast’s best British car resource, and look forward to sharing the shop’s daily activities as well as long-term projects through regular updates to this blog!
Sportscar-Services is now located on 55 Victoria Street in Keene, New Hampshire and can be reached by phone at (603) 352-4540, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy Motoring from your new “This Week in the Shop” scribe,