c.1968 BSA 172cc Bantam
Registration no. VMD 70G
Engine no. 53448
The introduction of the 172cc D10 model in 1966 marked a number of important technical developments for the ever-popular Bantam, the most important of which were a change to coil ignition, replacing the old flywheel generator, and the adoption of a four-speed gearbox, while a raised compression ratio and bigger carburettor increased maximum power to 10bhp and the top speed to 62mph. Introduced for 1968, the successor D14 Bantam boasted a more powerful engine producing 12.6bhp. All three models Supreme, Sports and Bushman used the four-speed gearbox first seen on the preceding D10 while the latter pair boasted new, heavy-duty front forks.
This partially dismantled and incomplete D14 Sports carries a tax disc dated 31.7.70, which may well have been when it was last on the road. The machine had covered relatively few miles when it was acquired some 30 years ago by the current vendor, who advises us that it has deteriorated while in storage. There are no documents with this Lot, which is offered for restoration and sold strictly as viewed. No reserve.