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Lot 319
c.1957 BSA 175cc Bantam

£ 150 - 250
US$ 190 - 310
c.1957 BSA 175cc Bantam
Originally introduced in 1948 as a 123cc two stroke single, clearly derived from the pre-war DKW RT 125, the Bantam was to become one of the biggest selling motorcycles of all time. However BSA were quick to realise that engine capacity had to be raised to keep the machine in favour. This meant capacity went up to 148cc and finally 175cc to maintain sales. This example is a swinging arm 175 version. It has remained for many years undisturbed in a shed where fortunately it has avoided the worst ravages of rust. Although basically complete it is missing minor parts. Correctly set up, a Bantam will start and run perfectly, handles well and its brakes are more than satisfactory, and there is no reason why a period of restoration to this machine should not give its mechanic complete satisfaction.
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