20th Oct, 2022 13:00

Imperial War Museum, Duxford

Lot 217

1934 BSA 3-Wheeler TW35-10
No Reserve

Sold for £7,312

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: ABY 977
Chassis No: F75770
MOT: Exempt

  • Subject to a self-evident previous restoration
  • Current ownership since 2016 and benefitting from an engine overhaul since
  • Accompanied by full weather equipment
  • Previously a resident on the Isle of Man during the 1990s-2000s
  • Rated as ‘good’ and ‘very good’ throughout by the vendor

Previously known for their side arms and bicycles, B.S.A. had begun motorcycle manufacture in 1910 and by the late 1920s, they were the largest motorcycle producer in Britain, if not the world. It was from their factory at Small Heath that a new car emerged and it was a three-wheeler designed by F.W. Hulse using the Hotchkiss 1021cc twin-cylinder engine. It was a competitor to the Morgan three-wheeler and although less sporting it was more comfortable and easier to drive. The model's popularity resulted in the factory soon producing some 2,000 examples per annum. Within a few years, BSA was offering a whole range of front-engined, front-wheel drive three-wheeled microcars to suit all requirements, from a Sports model to a Family one with child seats in the rear. Prices ranged from around £100 to £125 and BSA three-wheeler production continued sometime after the introduction of its four-wheeled Scout model of 1934.

Manufactured in 1934, ‘ABY 977’ is fitted with the 1075cc four-cylinder engine allied to a three-speed manual transmission. Finished in Cream and Black paintwork with Red interior upholstery, the BSA is offered with weather equipment trimmed in Black comprising hood, side screens and full-length tonneau cover. Unfortunately, little is known of chassis number F75770s early history until it was discovered as a resident of the Isle of Man during the 1990s and 2000s. Returning to mainland United Kingdom in 2005, entering the ownership of the previous custodian, the vendor purchased the TW35-10 in 2016. Benefitting from much improvement since the vendor's purchase, the BSA has received an engine overhaul which has included a re-bore, new pistons, replacement white metal rods, an electric cooling fan, and new electric water pump, as well as the fitment of new tyres. With a recorded mileage of 9,740 miles, the vendor rates the paintwork as ‘good’ and the bodywork, engine, gearbox, interior trim and electrics as ‘very good’.

PLEASE NOTE: This vehicle is being re-offered due to a defaulting buyer, not due to any fault of the vehicle's own.

For more information, please contact:
Paul Cheetham
07538 667452


All successful bids must be paid in full by midday the day after the auction at the latest.

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Auction: Imperial War Museum, Duxford, 20th Oct, 2022

An auction of classic & collector motorcars


Tuesday 18th October 2022 from 12pm to 6pm
Wednesday 19th October 2022 from 9am
Additional viewing for lots 200-254 on Thursday 20th October 2022 from 9am

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