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Lot 128: BSA 123cc Bantam D1 Project

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. Apparently original and un-restored, this plunger-suspended Bantam D1 was acquired circa 18 months ago and is offered for restoration. Sold strictly as viewed, the machine comes with four old tax discs, the most recent of which expired in January 1963.

Lot Details
Auction Important Collectors' Motorcars & Motorcycles
Bonhams, Oxford, UK
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number128
Estimate£200-£300
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£320
Hammer Price (inc premium)£368
Year1951
Condition rating
Registration numberRVX 364
Mileage-
Chassis number
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)123
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors