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One of the most in­trigu­ing books this year, Gra­ham Skillen’s book is the first work on car pro­duc­tion by BSA (Birm­ing­ham Small Arms). The firm be­gan in gun pro­duc­tion, di­ver­si­fy­ing into au­to­mo­tive work in peace­time and re­mem­bered more for bikes than cars. A range of front-wheel drive mod­els evolved from a pi­o­neer­ing 1929 three-wheeler and gave a glimpse into Bri­tish in­no­va­tion and in­ge­nu­ity in the 1930s. Low bod­ies, compact lines and sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ments in han­dling and safety re­sulted in the Scout be­fore World War Two and a re­turn to arms man­u­fac­ture ended BSA’s au­to­mo­tive pro­duc­tion. Fo­cused on the front-wheel drive pro­duc­tion, Skillen’s text is well-paced, in­for­mal and ab­sorb­ing, lead­ing the reader to imag­ine what BSA could have done with­out WWII. ISBN 978 1 4456 5371 6­ber­ Pa­per­back, 235mm x 165mm, 96 pages, 100 il­lus­tra­tions

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