1933 BSA 10hp Saloon


  • Rare survivor of this unusual model
  • Much work already completed
  • Fascinating pre-selector gearbox

The Appeal

This charming ‘30s saloon offers the best of prewar motoring in a compact package. It has been subject to a thorough mechanical restoration and now awaits completion of the body and interior. 

By the 1930s, the Birmingham Small Arms company was producing bicycles, motorcycles, three-wheelers, and both front and rear wheel drive cars. BSA owned two pioneering British automotive manufacturers, Lanchester and Daimler, so it was a big beast in the market. 
This 10hp BSA is an example of their small rwd car, designed to meet the straightened economic times of the early ‘30s. And it offers something a little different, with its esoteric pre-selector gearbox and fluid flywheel. 

The History and Paperwork

  • Registered in 1933
  • Stored for forty years
  • One of only a few survivors
  • Comes with original instruction book and spare parts catalogue
  • Registration number not transferable
  • BSA technical drawings provided on CD

The Interior

  • Ready for retrimming
  • Sprung seat frames 
  • Column-shift preselector gears

Much of the original interior has been removed and retained. The seat covers and door cards could be preserved or used as patterns for replacements. 

The sliding sunroof has received some new timbers and the wooden dashboard is in fine condition, ready to receive some glossy polish. It sports a full complement of gauges. 

The interior of this little BSA will look very smart once complete and will make a rewarding task for its next custodian. 

The Exterior 

  • Chassis and running gear newly painted
  • Bodywork has been blasted 
  • Doors restored

The body and wings of this BSA 10hp have received some attention already but will need to be fully prepared and painted. All corrosion appears to have been removed, with a few areas still requiring some panel work to make this a good solid body. 

Underneath, the chassis and running gear have been painted and still retain a smart, glossy finish, as do the four wheels and rear-mounted spare. A luggage rack is present and ready to carry the obligatory wicker picnic hamper. 

The doors have been restored, with new metal along their lower edges and are now ready for paint.

Overall, it appears that most of the hard work to bring the bodywork back up to scratch has been completed. So the next owner will be able to enjoy finishing off a few jobs before the exciting task of painting the car. 

The Mechanics 

  • Very clean engine bay
  • Evidence of engine rebuild
  • Smart looking running gear

The chassis and running gear all appear smartly presented in gloss black and the engine bay looks very clean. There are photographs on file of an engine strip-down and rebuild, which is reassuring.

Power is transmitted from the engine through a Daimler fluid flywheel to a pre-selector gearbox. This allows the driver to “pre-select” the next gear they would like, then with a dip of the clutch the gearbox will shift seamlessly. 

The vendor states that any parts which were missing when they purchased the car have been replaced with items supplied by the BSA Club or remanufactured. 


This is a fantastic opportunity to acquire a project without any nasty surprises. You can see exactly the extent of the work required to complete the car to an excellent standard. 

A little body work, some paint, retrimming the interior and generally tying up loose ends means that you can have the satisfaction of restoring this rare car to its former glory without having to take on an unknown risk. 

Once complete, this BSA will make a fine addition to the prewar motoring scene.

You can see more about this vehicle here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--rComlQOh4

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1933
  • Make BSA
  • Model 10Hp
  • Colour Black & Grey
  • Odometer 36,493 Miles
  • Engine size 1185
  • Town Nantwich
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Location Cheshire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
5 bids from 4 bidders
  • zach.ma•••• £1,700 25/08/22
  • horvath•••• £1,500 25/08/22
  • zach.ma•••• £1,100 25/08/22
  • sandero•••• £900 23/08/22
  • Luciand•••• £500 19/08/22

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