BSA A65 Spitfire metal wall sign
Essential lowbrow art for your garage, lounge, hall or ... wherever
Specifications: Tin plate backing. Rolled edges. 300mm x 400mm. High resolution image (1,400 dpi). Printed direct to metal.
Instructions for use:
1. Remove carefully from the packaging.
2. Inspect the sign and feel pleased that you bought it.
3. Find a suitable spot on a suitable wall or door.
4. Position the sign thoughtfully using strips of masking tape if necessary.
5. Carefully mount the sign with nails or screws taking utmost care not to damage any part of the design (Tip: Use fibre washers both in front and behind the sign if you're the particular type or have an obsessive-compulsive tendency).
6. Open a beer, light a fag, hug your partner or favourite pet.
7. Stand back and enjoy the sign and do this as often as time and convenience allows.
8. Drop us an email to let us know how satisfied you are.
9. Wipe the sign occasionally with a soft cloth (and wax it if you're the particular type or have an obsessive-compulsive tendency).
10. Tell your friends.
That's all that's required. The sign should still be fit for purpose long after you're gone, and we hope that's a long time into the future.
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The BSA A65 Spitfire was announced in 1965 and "enjoyed" a brief production run from 1966 through to 1968.
This 654cc unit-construction, pushrod, air-cooled parallel twin was BSA's answer to Triumph's Bonneville and Norton's Dominator range, and it was a cracking performer capable of over 110mph (and even over 120mph according to contemporary reports).
Marketed as the MKII, MKIII and MKIV (no MKI, take note), the Spitfire was offered with twin Amal GP (Grand Prix) carburettors (c/w with velocity stacks), a 10.5:1 compression engine, two-way damped forks and a 7.5-inch single leading shoe front drum brake coupled with a 7-inch rear drum.
The power output was a claimed 54bhp @ 6,900 rpm (which was almost certainly an exaggeration), but pretty much everyone agreed that the A65 out-handled the rival Bonnevilles of the day (which wasn't necessarily saying all that much), and gave the Nortons a lot to worry about.
But the handsome A65, with its high compression engine and twin GP carburettors was very difficult to start, especially when the engine was up to temperature. That was why many, if not most, Spitfire owners dumped the GPs and fitted standard Amal concentrics—and that was why BSA soon followed suit.
The swap made a huge difference to the 75mm x 74mm ‘over-square’ engine, but the 10.5:1 compression pistons, coupled with unreliable points ignition, still made the bike challenging to kick into life.
But when the A65 Spitfire was rolling, it was a rider's delight and thundered into bends with aplomb, and thundered right out with a vengeance.
The "sculpted" fuel tank was fibreglass. Ditto the side panels. A racing hump seat gave the bike a purposeful profile. And BSA was generous with the chrome plate.
The final year of the A65 Spitfire saw the fitment of a twin leading shoe front drum brake which was a great improvement over the earlier stopper. Also, BSA fitted individually adjustable ignition points to facilitate more precise timing. That eased starting and added a little extra pep on the move.
The size of our BSA A65 Spitfire signs is a generous 300mm x 410mm, which is roughly the size of two A4 sheets of paper. The image is 1,400 dpi, which is way better than most, if not all, of the lesser quality stuff on the market. And the edges are rolled to help preserve those delicate finger nails.
Also, these signs are printed direct to metal in the traditional way.
Will you like it when you see it? We think so. If we didn't, we wouldn't be flogging 'em.
We package these signs as well as we reasonably can, and we despatch as soon as possible (usually within 24 hours of ordering, and very rarely longer than 2-3 days if stock has run out and needs to be re-supplied.
Either way, we'll keep you posted. And if for any reason we can't supply your sign, we'll tell you without unnecessary delay and will refund your money in full.
And remember this if you will:
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