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BSA Prototype

Carbodies Carbodies is a British based in Holyhead Road, that started as a coachbuilder but is now known for its Taxicab production

The company was founded in 1919 Robert Jones bought the body making business Gooderham. Rather than bespoke bodies to individual Carbodies set out to produce production of coachwork for makers thet did not their own bodyshops or were of capacity. Typical companies were Alvis Cars, the Group and MG.

During World War 2 the made bodies for military and aircraft components.

After the war Carbodies got a major from the Austin Motor to make taxi bodies as as work from Ford, the bodies for the convertible Consul, and Zodiac. They also prototype bodies and tooling, including the Jaguar E-type

In 1954 Robert Jones the company to the BSA group and in 1973 BSA was by Manganese Bronze. The company is now LTI Ltd, an abbreviation of London International.

BSA History


At the when William and Mary to the English Throne, the majority of were imported from They wanted to end England’s on other countries and produce own weapons. In 1689 the Government trial orders with leading gunsmiths in Birmingham to 200 muskets a month at 17 shillings each.

By 1692 these led to a definite that was to remain virtually for 150 years. The gunsmiths, now 14 in number, themselves into an association Birmingham Small Arms leading to the formation in 1861 of the Small Arms Company. manufacture continued until when a drop in sales the company to try other sources of

They made parts, and machines, for the early bicycle until again concentrating on in 1892 although bicycle were still produced. this time their of three rifles was adopted.

Manufacture of complete bicycles was in 1908 followed the next by their first motorcycle. The prototype motorcar was built in and a stand taken at the 1908 Show and approximately 150 cars sold.

The BSA Board were so with the 40hp Italia had won the 1908 Peking-Paris race they had a chassis bought for and produced a replica, the BSA-Italia. car had a chassis, which weighed (1420kg) on to which heavy or limousine bodies were These replicas and its successors had sales, but the board wanted a share of the motor market.

BSA negotiated to buy Daimler and the deal was in The Times of 2nd September 1910.

The allowed the Daimler name to although the Daimler Company was up. BSA who closed their Montgomery factory in Birmingham and transferred all to Daimler’s premises held all the in the new company. BSA now had access to the Daimler sleeve-valve engines.

BSA Prototype


ceased during hostilities 1921 when a Hotchkiss model appeared which well until 1924 the advent of the Austin Seven sales.


BSA acquired in 1931 and built the Light 6 1936.

In 1933 the motorcycle branch of the produced three-wheelers and other front-wheel drive cars.

BSA Edward Turner considered schemes to utilise the company’s engine, one of which was a three-wheel Designed at the Meriden works of Triumph subsidiary and built by Ltd (another BSA company), the resulting was the Ladybird. Expected to cost (UK Pounds) the Ladybird was a simple two seat steel bodied car a single rear wheel and steering.

The car was cannibalised for parts still at BSA before being in the USA by a micro car enthusiast. It is now in the UK in as new condition. The prototype had a removable hard top and a wheel.

Its whereabouts are unknown, although a suggested it might be in Folkestone, The Ladybird project was abandoned 1960.

BSA Prototype
BSA Prototype
BSA Prototype

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