need help identifying Malvern Star or BSA

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need help identifying Malvern Star or BSA

Postby rosco » Wed Oct 24, 2012 10:06 pm

Hi all,

I currently looking at what I think is a Malvern Star frame but it has BSA A83 stamped underneath the central (pedal) hub.

Any ideas on where it's build locale might be and how old it may be?

any help appreciated :D

It is listed for sale at the moment View item
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Re: need help identifying Malvern Star or BSA

Postby LG » Thu Oct 25, 2012 7:34 am

Those stamps are for the manufacturer of the bottom bracket. There should be a serial number stamped elsewhere on the frame, possibly near the top of the seat tube. I'm no malvern star expert, but that frame looks more like a generic 50s roadster to me.
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Re: need help identifying Malvern Star or BSA

Postby bicyclepassion » Thu Oct 25, 2012 10:37 am

As LG has said, BSA A83 just means it has a BSA bottom bracket shell. This is a roadster frame, not a racing frame. The serial number will be on the left side of the seat lug, or the right hand rear dropout. If it is not in either of those places, it will be stamped on the steerer tube. You will have to take out the forks to view this.
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Re: need help identifying Malvern Star or BSA

Postby rosco » Thu Oct 25, 2012 1:57 pm

Thanks LG & bicyclepassion,

Does this (BSA A83) mean it was built in the UK?

Apparently there is a number on Left hand side of seat tube - this number being '91116' Does this give an estimate of build year?
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Re: need help identifying Malvern Star or BSA

Postby Torana68 » Thu Oct 25, 2012 3:40 pm

[quote="rosco"]

Does this (BSA A83) mean it was built in the UK?
No Malvern Star is an Australian brand (iconic one at that) , its made here

Apparently there is a number on Left hand side of seat tube - this number being '91116' Does this give an estimate of build year?
it could but I think there is a prefix missing, at 99c its a good buy if your after a Roadster to restore :) its not 1920's though, its much newer than that
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Re: need help identifying Malvern Star or BSA

Postby Tinker » Thu Oct 25, 2012 5:08 pm

My old 2 Star Malvern Star has a serial number of 57504 and is dated as a 1935 model. So you're looking a year or so after that I'd think.

viewtopic.php?f=23&t=52461&hilit=Tinker

That's what mine looked like when I got it.
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Re: need help identifying Malvern Star or BSA

Postby bicyclepassion » Thu Oct 25, 2012 5:12 pm

Number 91116 would place it in 1936 or 1937.
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Re: need help identifying Malvern Star or BSA

Postby rosco » Fri Oct 26, 2012 8:00 am

Thanks Torana68, Tinker & Warren (you certainly know your stuff),

appreciate your help... So it's a 1936 - 37 Malvern Star '2 Star'(?) Roadster built in Melbourne(?)

Also appreciate your link to your thread 'torana68' - I found it very helpful and a good read to boot :D
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