A motor manufacturer from 1907, the Birmingham Small Arms Company acquired Daimler in 1910, soon abandoning its own range in favour of a Daimler design powered by a Knight sleeve-valve engine. When BSA resumed post-hostilities car production in 1921 it was with a quite different type of vehicle: a 10hp light car powered by a 1,075cc, v-twin engine made by Hotchkiss. The model sold well, only disappearing in 1925 when rivals Morris bought Hotchkiss, though BSA later acquired rights to the engine for use in its front-wheel-drive three-wheeler. Designated 'TW-33-10', a version of the latter appeared in 1933 powered by a more refined 9hp, four-cylinder, sidevalve engine of 1,075cc, which was also used in the four-wheeled, though still front-drive, 'T9' model introduced that same year. In 1935 BSA revised and restyled its front-wheel-drive four-wheeler, which became the 'Scout'. The latter was soon superseded by a 10hp (1,203cc) version for 1936 and this was progressively developed over the next few years, gaining outboard front brakes, a wider track, longer wheelbase, steel disc wheels and a third crankshaft main bearing. This particular BSA Scout was sold new by Godfrey's of Croydon in March 1937 and is believed to have been laid up during the war. The immediately preceding owner bought the BSA from an address in Park Hill Rise, Croydon and had partially restored the car before offering it for sale at auction in the spring of 1998 when it was purchased by the current vendor. Having got the engine going, the vendor had a new hood installed, the interior re-trimmed, correct-size tyres obtained, a new exhaust fitted, the instruments overhauled and the car re-sprayed in its original colour. The original registration number was reissued and since completion in 2001 the Scout has attended the BSA Club Rally at Gaydon and the Bromley Pageant. Described as in generally very good condition and running very well, the car is offered with sundry restoration invoices, current road fund licence, MoT to April 2012 and Swansea V5. A Kenlowe electric cooling fan is the only notified deviation from factory specification.
We are pleased to report this car is a Deluxe Model.