1970 Penton Wassell 125 Enduro
W.E Wassell Limited of Birmingham, England, a manufacturer and distributor of motorcycle components for British, then Japanese bikes, was founded by Ted Wassell in 1946 and soon found a world market. There wasn't an off-road motorcycle made in the UK which didn't use Wassell parts. Aluminum gas tanks were a specialty. In 1972 in announced its trials and scrambles frame kits for the popular BSA Bantam and then its own 125cc Sachs powered machine engineered by ex-Dalesman's Jim Lee and Peter Edmonson. Maybe as many as 3,000 were made over several versions.
John Penton Penton Motorcycles, Amherst, Ohio - distributed his versions in the USA, the Penton Mudlark Trials, alongside Mitsubishi's, the Tyran Antelope. Other Wassell Pentons were the Café MX (a dual purpose Mudlark) and the Woodsman (an enduro Mudlark).
Penton subsequently approached KTM and the Wassell story ended.
This very rare Wassell-built Penton has been restored to perfection for a private collection. It is clearly a jewel that can easily continue to be exhibited in a museum, or ridden into the woods just as Ted Wassell and John Penton originally intended!
- Please note that the frame and engine numbers for this motorcycle are W647ST and 6773595 respectively and its title is in transit.