Motorcycle [BSA C10]

Birmingham Small Arms Company, Manufacturer

1948
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Maker and Role
Birmingham Small Arms Company, Manufacturer
Production Date
1948
Description
BSA Motorcycle, C10. This is a 249 cc, single-cylinder model. The C10 was a popular bike and was made, with some modifications, from 1945 to 1957.

Object Label:
The initials of the English company, BSA, stand for "Birmingham Small Arms". By 1893, BSA was also making bicycle frames and parts and, like many other bicycle makers, later moved into motorcycle production. They produced their first motorbike in 1909. This particular motorcycle is a 249 cc, single-cylinder model. The C10 was a popular bike and was made, with some modifications, from 1945 to 1957. This type of motorcycle is typical of being associated with ‘Bodgies’, a youth sub culture of the fifties in Australia and New Zealand akin to the ‘Teddy Boy’ culture in the UK and the ‘Greaser’ culture in the US.
Media/Materials
Processed Material/Metal
Organic/Vegetal/Plant Extract/Latex/Rubber
Signature/Marks and Type
BSA Printed
WC10.1815 Inscribed
5578 Painted
29-2545 Embossed
DKX1A-0 407901 / AC33 939 10 Impressed
Accession No
1978.703
Credit Line
Birmingham Small Arms Company. 1948. Motorcycle [BSA C10], 1978.703. The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT).
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