"I am the original owner and the bike was purchased in Honolulu on 10/19/63, from Atlas Motors, Ltd., 804 Dillingham Blvd., Honolulu, Hawaii. I paid $1029.83 for it back then, and that was when the dollar meant something. It was dispatched on June 28. 1963 and was one of a batch that went to Hap Alzina and recorded as ‘A10 R G S Scrambler’. It was set up for the street by adding lights, both head and tail, by the dealer. The bike has never been restored and what you see is original with a few exceptions. The carb was replaced with a Lake fuel injector, but I have kept the original carb in case I wanted to restore it to factory specs. I also replaced the switch for the headlights, which includes a kill switch. I also added two tailpipe extensions, which include "snuff or nots", baffles which can be turned manually to provide either straight pipes or some sound reduction to keep the cops happy. When turned out to straight pipes the sound is awesome, as anyone who has ridden one of these machines would know. I licensed it last in 1975, but did ride it a few times in the mountains of Washington State up to 1992. Since that time it has been stored in my recreation room. This bike kicked butt on Triumph Bonneville TT's in Hawaii and she is still a beaut and sounds like a dream." Kent Garner
Sold at Las Vegas auction January 2013 for $24K. "A very rare last year pre unit Scrambler. BSA reverted to the Gold Star running gear combined with a factory race shop motor. These were the absolute pick of the bunch. A Martin Schalkwijk dedicated restoration."
"I just bought this 1963 RGS Spitfire and am enjoying riding it. I has the correct motor and frame number as delivered to Hap Alzina in 1963. At age 71, finding a 500cc single Gold Star too temperamental for me, I traded my Catalina for this 1963 RGSSS and I am thrilled about how much more user friendly this bike is while still retaining some Gold Star qualities. Rigorously researched and beautifully restored by my good friend and former owner this factory matching numbers RGSSS is a great daily rider and has race quality performance. Street legal and with lighting period correct, i.e. Bates front, Sparto rear, this is just how many of these bikes left their US dealers." Bob