The Birmingham Small Arms Company (BSA) manufactured all manner of items from bicycles to buses and firearms to machine tools; not to mention motorcycles and motorcars. In 1929 BSA merged with Daimler and turned its attention to front-wheel drive three-wheelers. Though commonplace now, powering the front wheels was relatively novel at the time, and BSA combined the configuration with such niceties as a reverse gear, electric start and full weather protection. Having foreseen the growing demand for small, lightweight cars, BSA added a run of fun, affordable four-wheelers. A direct development was the BSA 10 of 1933 which was based on the Lanchester 10 chassis and running gear with a 4-door 4-seater body by Pressed Steel. It could also be ordered with a coachbuilt body by the likes of Mulliner or Peerless. It was powered by a water-cooled 1,185cc straight-four, sidevalve engine that drove through a fluid flywheel to a Wilson four-speed pre-selector gearbox, giving a top speed of 58mph on level ground. The standard 10hp saloon cost £235 at launch with coachbuilt models costing about £20 more. AGY 57 was first registered on the 15 th June 1933 and although over 80 years old still retai
This 1960 Gold Star is arguably the most desirable of its type, in Clubman’s specification. The 499-cc engine was reportedly used in a racing Clubman before being fitted to this machine and has all the correct features, including rare AMAL GP carburetor, RR T2 close-ratio gearbox and aluminum wheel rims. The subject of an extensive restoration completed in 1993 by marque specialist John Gleed, it has seen nominal use since and comes with a file containing invoices of the work carried out. Presented today in superb condition throughout, it has recently benefitted from a service and general check over.
A complete Concours rebuild including engine and transmission by the highly regarded BSA craftsman, Don Harrell, of Visalia, California. It has been ridden just 415 break-in miles. Everything is in ideal working order. This Concours quality Firebird is ready to show or ride with confidence. (*Please note the motorcycle was built in 1969 and titled as a 1970 for the first year it was sold, which often happens with vintage motorcycles.)