1956 BSA 123cc Bantam D1 ex-GPO Frame no. BD2S 60191

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Lot 26
1956 BSA 123cc Bantam D1 ex-GPO
Registration no. RXT 852 Frame no. BD2S 60191

£ 100 - 200
US$ 140 - 280
1956 BSA 123cc Bantam D1 ex-GPO
Registration no. RXT 852
Frame no. BD2S 60191
Announced in 1948, the Bantam became a top seller for BSA, more than half a million leaving the factory before production ceased in 1971. While larger-engined versions came and went, the original 123cc D1 Bantam in its updated, plunger-suspended form remained available until 1963, one of its foremost users being the 'GPO' (General Post Office – Royal Mail's forerunner) whose red-liveried machines – used for telegram deliveries – were a familiar sight on city streets.

Offered in 'rolling chassis' form, this example comes with its original logbook listing the 'Engineer-in-Chief's Office GPO' as first owner and the original engine as 'DDB 5859' (replaced by '122964'). The first private owner was Mr Victor Gardner of Southmead, Bristol (from March 1961). Additional paperwork consists of an old-style continuation logbook issued in March 1975 listing various other owners in the West Country.
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1956 BSA 123cc Bantam D1 ex-GPO Frame no. BD2S 60191
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