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Lot 126: BSA 123cc Bantam D1

Important Collectors' Motorcars & Motorcycles, Bonhams (16 June 2012)

Developed from the pre-war DKW RT125 and announced in 1948, the Bantam became a top seller for BSA, in excess of half a million leaving the Birmingham factory before production ceased in 1971. Originally of 123cc, the engine grew first to 148cc and then to 172cc. Plunger rear suspension became available as an option in 1950, as did battery electrics powered by a 6-volt Lucas alternator, direct lighting having been relied upon hitherto. Restored in military livery, this plunger-suspended Bantam D1 was acquired circa 18 months ago and has covered 47 miles since it was last MoT'd in October 2010 (certificate on file). The machine is taxed until 30th September 2012 and comes with Swansea V5C document. Sold strictly as viewed.

Lot Details
Auction Important Collectors' Motorcars & Motorcycles
Bonhams, Oxford, UK
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number126
Estimate£300-£500
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£500
Hammer Price (inc premium)£575
Year1951
Condition rating
Registration number915 YUG
Mileage-
Chassis number64820
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)123
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors