Lot 1902


1963 BSA Bantam D1
Reg. no. 616 XKT
Frame no. BD25 77042
Engine no. DDB 16494
Despite the Bantam being an iconic British motorcycle, it was in fact based on a German design. The DKW RT 125 design was received as war reparations and put into production by BSA as a mirror image – that meant the gear change was swapped to the right as was common on British motorcycles of the time. The same design went into production in at least two other countries - Harley-Davidson started producing their Model 125 in late 1947 the U.S.S.R. began building the Moskva M1A model in 1946. In East Germany, the machine was made at the original DKW factory by IFA, which later became MZ. BSA’s version went into production in 1948, with the first model being called the D1, which continued as the base model until 1963. The engine is a unit construction single cylinder 125cc 2-stroke, in the D1 producing 4bhp. Over the Bantams 23-year production run, anywhere between a quarter and half a million were produced.
This Bantam D1 was acquired by the vendor in 2014, prior to which it had been laid up since 1979. In good cosmetic condition and with a running engine, it does however require new clutch plates and a battery. It comes with a V5C.

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£800 - 1,200

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