Please note that the cars or exhibit items shown in this database are part of our collection but may not be on display when you visit.
Birmingham Small Arms was started in 1861. Its main products were machine guns, shotguns, and rifles. In 1880 B.S.A. also started to build bicycles. B.S.A.’s first cars were produced in 1907, and cars made from 1907 to 1915 were of the conventional 4-wheel type. B.S.A. also began producing motorcycles in 1910 and by the late 1920s was the largest motorcycle maker in Great Britain. The 3-wheeled B.S.A. cars are really an offshoot of the motorcycle business. In an attempt to make an affordable car, B.S.A. chose 3 wheels and a simple V-twin engine. Morgan also made 3-wheeled cars, but they had much higher performance levels, as the motors were much more powerful and the chassis much lower for better road handling. B.S.A. ceased production of cars with the onset of WWII and never restarted production after the War.
This car was generously donated to the Museum by John Armstrong.
Manufacturer: Birmingham Small Arms Co.
Country of Origin: Great Britain
Engine: 1021cc, 9 hp, 2 cyl., air-cooled
Drivetrain Configuration: Front-engine, front-wheel drive
Transmission: 3-speed manual
Top Speed: 50 miles per hour
Years of Production: 1930-1936
Number Produced: 5,020
Original Cost: £115