1957 BSA D3 Bantam Major
Lot 220
1957 BSA 148cc Bantam Major D3 Frame no. CO3-18685 Engine no. 3B/25007
£600 - 1,000
US$ 960 - 1,600
amended

Lot Details
1957 BSA D3 Bantam Major 1957 BSA D3 Bantam Major 1957 BSA D3 Bantam Major
1957 BSA 148cc Bantam Major D3
Registration no. 731 UXF
Frame no. CO3-18685
Engine no. 3B/25007
Developed from the pre-war DKW RT125 and announced in 1948, the Bantam became a top-seller for BSA, in excess of half a million leaving the Birmingham factory before production ceased in 1971. Originally of 123cc, the engine grew first to 148cc - on the D3 Bantam Major, introduced for 1954 - and then to 172cc. Plunger rear suspension became an option in 1950, the next major changes to the cycle parts being the introduction of swinging-arm rear suspension and a sturdier telescopic front fork on the Bantam Major in 1956. This example of the swinging arm-suspended D3 Bantam Major has spent all its life in the Tanat Valley, Powys, transporting its owner to work until the early 1970s when a Bantam 175 replaced it. Original and unrestored, the machine displays a total of only 12,386 miles on the odometer and is offered with Swansea V5.

Saleroom notices

  • Please be aware the registration number of this machine is 731 XUF and not 731 UXF as stated in the catalogue.
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