1946 BSA Paratroop Model 904ACP — American Export Model…

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1946 BSA Paratroop Model – American Export Model

May 1946 . A new BSA model is now making an in dealers’ shops. It is named the twin-tubed oval frame based on the now-famous BSA exclusive of folding bicycle for airborne that did such a fine job in the of Europe. It has a 20-inch frame, forward drop-out ends, with brazed-in ends, 26 wheels, oval cranks, pedals, chainguard, North upturned bars, caliper and Brooks spring-seat saddle.

The is an attractive green with lining and chromium plated parts, and a hold-all bag is supplied. model, 904ACP, is a very and attractive looking machine and it is the first new BSA to be announced since the end of the war from the BSA Junior Parabike), it is that it does not incorporate the new BSA which will not be made until the specifications of the post-war are published.

— Cycling 22nd May, 1946

The BSA ACP was more-or-less unknown in Great in the 21st century, until it was by my friend Dave Williams in when he found one in 2002 and to BSA to ask what it was. Although it was not he discovered that as well the Junior Parabike that the styling of the wartime BSA Airborne bike, the company made full-size paratrooper-style model The implication in the recollection of Mr.Cave, of BSA at the time, was that the ACP was a continuation of the BSA in civilian form, ie using of its parts and tooling.

Here’s the reply he received BSA:

I’m sorry it has taken me a while to get back to you. I out a few more searches myself but proved fruitless. However, the news is that Mr. Cave has into the library and I have to discuss your enquiry him in person. (I think I mentioned Mr.

to you in my last letter – he was Manufacturing at BSA from 1941 to its close in He was able to supply me with the information.

Your cycle is one of the BSA Airborne which were manufactured for the Airborne Forces between and 1944. 64,000 were in total. After the war, an was made to carry on manufacturing cycle in civilian form and it available for the public to buy. cycle is one of these.

They made 1945/6, and only a few made, making the few left in very rare!

I bought ACP some years ago, but he complained that he regretted it. So when I found this one in I returned his old ACP to him.

1946 BSA Model 904ACP

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This is an American Export of the BSA Paratroop, retaining the shop (decal) on the rear mudguard for Child Cycle Co . who had the main Coast BSA agency at the time.

By the World War, BSA had 67 factories and was to meet the demand for guns and BSA operations were also to other companies under During the war it produced over a Lee-Enfield rifles, Sten sub guns and half a million machine guns. Wartime included motorcycle production: BSA M20 motorcycles were supplied to the forces. At the same time, the concern was producing armoured

And, of course, BSA also Mk.V and Airborne bicycles.

the War, British industry was nationalized. Though, in 1945, vehicle manufacturers started to to peacetime production, de-nationalization was a process. Nearly all motorized were exported to bring in needed foreign exchange: Britain had a massive war debt to to America, and much of it was repaid exports.

Bicycle manufacturers a major part in this drive too. For example, in first year of operation, Mercury Industries (Birmingham) Ltd £1 million in export sales.

BSA greatly after the War, Triumph, Ariel, Sunbeam and New As a result, they became the largest motorcycle producer. already had an excellent reputation the world and, as well as exports, the company shipped out range of bicycles to far-flung of the world.



model did not appear in BSA catalogues. It was a model, produced only in and 1946: by the time the new BSA range had introduced, it was dropped.

These cycles were not successful and ceased. It was, however, successful when it was manufactured as a bike – both as 14 and 16 inch versions. Several thousand of were made seasonally year based on a hinge of the bike. These cycles sold under the BSA name but the name.’

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My assumption is that the BSA ACP was considered for sales abroad, in America.

My reasons for this are as follows: America was the primary market, being the world’s country at the time. British were written off against war Victory was still fresh in the mind, and a bike that like the famous BSA Airborne have been a good idea.

The war was used as a marketing well into the fifties: for ‘war grade’ tyres sold for many years the war, and the American manufacturer marketed a ‘Paratrooper’ model was not even used during the While, postwar, the British market was an … one, postwar bicycle market was In the USA, by age seventeen, kids had

This is undoubtedly a young style of bike.

Also, the design of this frame that of American bicycles of the By 1941, influenced by 1930s cars and trains, the styling of American bicycles had reached its I’d not thought about it before, looking at the folding version.

seeing this non-folding I wonder if the design of the BSA Airborne had its origins in the aerodynamic styles of American bicycles?

But why was it dropped production?

— The answer (my own is very simple. The 1946 of the new BSA Paratroop Model 904ACP was as £10 14/- 6d plus purchase tax £2 1d. That makes a total of £13 4/- 6d.

Now look at the 1954 advert it offers a military surplus BSA bike for 70/- (£3 10/-).

The saving of nearly £10 is not accurate in  mind that this is eight years later, but it illustrate the fact that a lot of folding machines came the market after the war, and would have competed with the Model 904ACP. they were second-hand, had another advantage besides – they folded!


A interesting footnote can be found in latest model. It’s a ‘Tube Rider.’ You can see it below. Is something vaguely familiar it?



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