1965 Yamaha 123cc YA-3 Frame no. Y21-213287 Engine no. A7 - 213302
Lot 282
1965 Yamaha 123cc YA-3
Frame no. Y21-213287 Engine no. A7 - 213302
Sold for £402 (US$ 676) inc. premium
Lot Details
1965 Yamaha 123cc YA-3
Frame no. Y21-213287
Engine no. A7 - 213302
Diversifying from its traditional role as a manufacturer of high quality musical instruments, Yamaha introduced its first motorcycle in 1955. This was the YA-1, a 123cc single-cylinder two-stroke strongly influenced (like BSA's Bantam) by the pre-war DKW RT125. The foundations of Yamaha's sporting tradition were soon established when YA-1s won prestigious races at Mt Fuji and Asama that same year. Introduced in for 1956, the successor YA-2 departed considerably from the DKW design, boasting a pressed steel spine frame, leading link front fork, swinging arm suspension and an electric starter, all features that were carried over to the mildly revised YA-3 model in 1957. Disc valve induction and an inclined cylinder were characteristics of the YA family, which in 1964 gained Yamaha's 'Autolube' pumped lubrication system that did away with need to used pre-mixed fuel/oil, the YA-6 being the first with this feature. Currently displaying a total of 17,513 miles on the odometer, this YA-6 is described as complete, original and exceptionally rust-free. We are advised that the engine turns over freely. Some minor points that need attention are small dents in the right side of the fuel tank, small scratches on mudguards and exhaust, and the seat, which would benefit from re-covering. The machine comes with copies of Dutch registration documents. No reserve.
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