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Lot 031: BSA Scout 10hp Series VI

Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (18 July 2012)

Although BSA had built their first motor car in 1907, car production was only sporadic following the company's acquisition of Daimler in 1910, until the advent of the three-wheeler model of 1930. This motor car was to compete in a sector established and dominated by Morgan and featured the then innovative technology of front-wheel drive. By 1936, three-wheeler production had ceased and the Scout sporting models were introduced, following on from the FW32 and T9 Series. BSA described the new Scout (still front-wheel drive) as 'the car for sporting people  a low-built, roomy, four-seat body with two adjustable front bucket seats designed for maximum comfort, and a full width rear seat giving ample leg room'. Fitted with a 4-cylinder, 9hp engine and 3-speed gearbox, the Scout was priced at a very competitive 169 10s, remarkable value bearing in mind the recently introduced MG 'T' Series Midget cost 222. Both two and four-seat models of the Scout were produced, and by mid-1936 the engine had been enlarged to 1203cc being rated at 10hp. The final version of the Scout was known as the Series VI which was launched in 1939 and remained in production for less than a year. It was fitted with 'easy clean' wheels and a three-bearing crankshaft and was available in 2 and 4-seat tourer form, plus a steel-bodied saloon. Only about 3,000 Scouts of all types were made in total and survivors are now exceedingly rare and correspondingly sought after. This particular Series VI was first registered in September 1939 and is probably one of the last examples made. Clearly a much-loved machine, it has been well restored at some time in the not-too-distant past and remains in lovely condition throughout. A two-seat tourer, it comes with a very snug-fitting tonneau cover and has recently been fitted with a new radiator and an electric water pump. Said to drive well, it certainly started promptly and ran very smoothly on the occasion of our visit to take these photographs and is due to have a fresh MOT before the sale. It comes with a large amount of literature relating to the model including a parts catalogue, many contemporary road tests and press cuttings, a copy of an original instruction book and several old copies of Front Wheels, the BSA Front Wheel Drive Club magazine (the club being a thriving organisation which maintains a comprehensive spares and technical service for the surviving models still extant). There are also various old MOT certificates and a copy of a buff log book from 1954 when the car was resident in Yeovil, Somerset. The original DRH Motor Radio is also still fitted, a real curiosity in its own right. Altogether a most rare and interesting motorcar which is sure to attract lots of attention and admiration wherever it goes.

Lot Details
Auction Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Easters Court, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0DE
TypeCar
Lot Number031
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1939
Condition rating
Registration numberBPN 508
Mileage-
Chassis numberE2258
Engine numberA4459
Engine capacity (cc)1203
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2