BSA Bantam 150cc
Lot 138
1955 BSA 148cc Bantam Major Frame no. BDS 42697 Engine no. BD3B 3590
Sold for £218 (US$ 366) inc. premium
Lot Details
1955 BSA 148cc Bantam Major
Registration no. KMO 597
Frame no. BDS 42697
Engine no. BD3B 3590
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 is offered for restoration, its engine seized and the tin-ware extensively corroded. Sold strictly as viewed, the machine comes with old-style continuation logbook (issued 1961) indicating that the Bantam was owned by a serving member of the RAF at that time and recording a colour change from grey to black in November 1963. No reserve.
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