17 June 2000
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The 1937 Motor Road-Test Car
1937 BSA SCOUT SERIES IV TWO SEATER SPORTS
Chassis No. E1178
Cream with maroon cloth interior - for restoration
Engine: four cylinders, in-line, Solex carburetors, 1,203cc, 32bhp; Gearbox: front-wheel drive, wet plate clutch, three-speed manual, worm final drive; Suspension: independent front with transverse leaf springs, solid rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs; Brakes: four-wheel mechanically operated drum. Right hand drive.
As the Daimler company's budget offshoot, BSA specialized in carefully built, easy to drive small family saloons. In 1930 they brought out a well designed front wheel drive tricar to exploit various English fiscal and other breaks. In 1936 this had evolved into the four wheeled, front-drive 9hp (the Nine) Scout, a trim little two-seater sports car with 1,074cc four cylinder sidevalve engine of 26bhp. In 1937 there was a 1,203cc 32bhp 10hp (the Ten) Scout with a top speed claimed to be over 65mph. The Nine had a neat floor gear shift, the Ten sported one emerging from the dash panel. With fold-flat windscreen and neatly finished cockpit, the brisk Scout was made in six series and sold well until the outbreak of war in 1939 brought English car production to a halt.
This example is the actual Scout tested by the English weekly The Motor in July 1937. On test - probably at Brooklands race track - it recorded 67.5mph with the windscreen folded flat and covered the standing quarter-mile in 23.4 secs. It is offered complete but without hood (top) or sidescreens and as a fit subject for full restoration. When completed, as a now exceptionally rare example of an English small sporting car made only in limited numbers, it should provide its owner with enjoyable and economical open-air motoring and be welcome at a great variety of historic car events.
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