Impressive Extras – 1964 BSA Starlite

In England, Less than 5k, Small Displacement by AbhiLeave a Comment

3/4/21 Update: Six months later, it appears that this bike did not sell as the same photos are being used and the seller now notes that he’ll let it go with a slight discount but the extras won’t be included at that price. Find it for $1,500 just east of Colorado Springs, Colorado here on Facebook Marketplace.

Post Sale Update: it had to be relisted a couple of times, but this Starlite sold for $2,000 after 2 bids on eBay in Calhan, Colorado.

Known as the Beagle in the UK, this little 75cc BSA commuter was marketed as the Starlite in America.

The 75cc single was good for 5 horsepower at the crank, which was enough seeing as the whole thing weighed 145 pounds. The two gallon tank typically yielded over 200 miles of range. For more on the Starlite, check out this Retrospective from Rider magazine. They note that “the Honda 90 proved to be cheaper and better”, which is why just 3,200 of these were built (less than 600 of which came to the US).

This example (VIN: K1 2210) has 1,701 miles and the seller calls it an amazing show piece – it’s hard to disagree considering the impressive amount of spare parts and advertisements/magazine tests/literature/manuals that’s included. It’s currently set up for storage.

Find this Starlite for sale in Calhan, Colorado with an unmet opening bid of $2,000 here on eBay.