The diminutive BSA Bantam is one of the icons of British motoring in the twentieth century. It was not fast, or glamorous, or particularly well built; but it was cheap, easy to ride and reasonably reliable. This book charts the huge success of the little bike from Birmingham that started its life in pre-war Germany and went on to conquer the world.
A step-by-step guide to buying a secondhand BSA Bantam, with everything the buyer needs to know: assessment of engine, transmission, frame, paintwork and chrome, tinwork, wheels and tyres, brakes, electrics, and an explanation of engine and frame numbers. Includes a run-down of the various Bantam models and an assessment of which offers the best investment potential, plus advice on auctions, paperwork, lack of use problems and useful contacts. One hundred photos illustrate this practical, straightforward guide to buying a secondhand BSA Bantam.
For the first time the 1971 BSA and Triumph models, racing achievements, promotion, prototypes, finance, politics, etc, appear in one book. A fresh, much needed appraisal of BSA and Triumph motorcycles designed for the 1971 model year, plus BSA’s revolutionary Ariel 3 moped, and the 750cc Triumph Hurricane that was originally planned as a BSA model. This book also presents a comprehensive study of the related promotional and racing events, as well as the US organisation, and an in-depth account of BSA’s financial position before and after mid-1971’s devastating trading loss announcement.
All you need to know about buying a used BSA unit single, from the very first 250cc C15 to the final 500cc B50. Get the low-down on model histories, relative values, points to look for, plus advice on paperwork, auctions and restorations, and more.