1955 BSA Bantam (JPN 710)
Lot 127
c.1955 BSA 148cc Bantam Major Frame no. to be advised Engine no. BD3B 23886
Sold for £483 (US$ 811) inc. premium
Lot Details
c.1955 BSA 148cc Bantam Major
Registration no. JPN 710
Frame no. to be advised
Engine no. BD3B 23886
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 plunger-suspended D3 Bantam Major appears to be finished in Post Office livery and is offered for restoration, accompanied by a suitable engine dating from circa 1957. The machine comes with Swansea V5C document and is sold strictly as viewed.

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  • The frame number is 47139
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