- Feb 21, 2019
soon to be a proud new owner of a 66 spitfire. bike is being shipped, and hopefully will arrive shortly. just trying to gather information - the engine number, matches the frame number - A65S13158. can anyone identify an approximate build date. from what i'm reading the frame should be A50S instead of A65S, EXCEPT for very late 66 production. the bike has Borrani rims (front and rear). again, from what i'm reading, 66 spitfires should have dunlops, and Borrani's may have been phased in in late 66. also read, there may have been parts shortages, and the BSA factory may have used whatever was available at the time. some owners have reported a mix of Dunlop and Borrani's on 66 spitfires. so, just curious - if this could be a very late production bike, could it be possible that this particular spitfire was delivered with Borrani's - front and rear? the bike is showing 13K on the clock. matching numbers, and appears to be very original and unmolested - original tank and side covers in original paint, original exhaust, etc. the only major thing noted - amal 932's replaced the original GP carbs. I can't figure WHY someone would swap out rims on low mileage, original example. side note question - are Borrani wheels date coded? I understand there is some information stamped on the inner surface of the rim - ??? if date coded, and that date proceeds the bike's build date, it's possible they are original to the build. comments? TIA....