1933 BSA TW-33-10 Special Sports  Chassis no. 5779 Engine no. 1086

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Lot 515
1933 BSA TW-33-10 Special Sports
Registration no. VO 9679 Chassis no. 5779 Engine no. 1086

Sold for £ 13,800 (US$ 16,702) inc. premium
1933 BSA TW-33-10 Special Sports
Registration no. VO 9679
Chassis no. 5779
Engine no. 1086

Footnotes

  • 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 'Scout' 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 this form BSA's three wheeler remained in production into 1936, with appropriate changes to the 'year' designation.
    First registered on 4th April 1933, 'VO 9679' is possibly the oldest surviving four-cylinder BSA three-wheeler. The car was kept garaged by its first (lady) owner and also by the second and current (third) owners, which explains its amazingly original condition. Indeed, we are advised by the vendor that it is the most original and complete BSA three-wheeler known to the BSA FWD Club. Unusually, the body retains its original solitary rear light and has never been drilled to accept an additional one. The radiator is of the original honeycomb type and the engine retains the top-of-the-range Special Sports version's rare aluminium cylinder head. Chassis and engine numbers are matching, while the ash body framework, plywood and aluminium panelling, hood, upholstery, carpets, interior fittings and accessories are all original. The odometer's mileage total is genuine.
    'VO 9679' was restored by its previous owner in 1973 and then stored in a dark, dry garage – unused – for the next 30-or-so years. We are advised that the '73 restoration included rebuilding the engine, which is fitted with +0.020" oversize genuine BSA pistons, and overhauling the transmission and drivetrain. Re-commissioned by the current vendor in 2008, the car has covered a little over 3,000 miles since returning to the road. We are advised that it starts first time and runs and drives as it should, displaying good oil pressure and consuming oil at the normal rate. Described as in generally excellent condition, this outstandingly original BSA three-wheeler is offered with expired MoTs for the period 1973-1979, owner's handbook, current MoT/tax and Swansea V5C. A sports exhaust (fitted during re-commissioning in place of the rusted original) and two-brush dynamo conversion are the only notified deviations from factory specification.
1933 BSA TW-33-10 Special Sports  Chassis no. 5779 Engine no. 1086
1933 BSA TW-33-10 Special Sports  Chassis no. 5779 Engine no. 1086
1933 BSA TW-33-10 Special Sports  Chassis no. 5779 Engine no. 1086
1933 BSA TW-33-10 Special Sports  Chassis no. 5779 Engine no. 1086
1933 BSA TW-33-10 Special Sports  Chassis no. 5779 Engine no. 1086
1933 BSA TW-33-10 Special Sports  Chassis no. 5779 Engine no. 1086
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