Car Memories!


As I posted two photos of cars with yesterday’s blog, I thought today I would pass along a little more info on them. After all there were both old, unusual, and rare, if indeed they still exist which is doubtful. I’ll start with the sports car, it was a 1936 BSA Scout. A very unusual design for the era. Front wheel drive with a 10 hp side valve engine. The layout too, was a very unusual front wheel drive system.  Directly behind the fire wall sat the inline four cylinder engine. In front of the engine came the four speed gear box, and in front of that the differential (rear axle). The gear shift was also a very odd set up, the long lever disappeared between the clutch and brake pedal, travelled along the engine and into the gear box. Braking was questionable because there was only a single brake drum on the front axle. The 1936 Hillman, the other car in the photos, was more conventional, front engine, also a four cylinder side valve of 10 hp. Then a four speed gear box delivering power to the rear differential as was normal for the day. The Hillman had four wheel drum brakes, four doors and two electric wipers. A much more practical car when compared to the Scout. Both could carry four people, but more comfortably in the saloon car. There was no convertible top with the BSA, just the frame with a few ragged pieces of fabric remaining. Not the ideal vehicle for England’s damp inclement weather! I got soaked more than a few times, but I was young and carefree 60 years ago. Today I enjoy all the luxuries of Toyota Corolla, cruise, power steering, power brakes, power windows, automatic locking, heated seats, heated rear window, three speed wipers and so much more than my old Hillman or BSA. I might still wish I had the BSA for car shows, but not as my only means of transport, I have become too spoiled with modern technology!! God Bless and keep reading and driving!

About irishroverpei

Author of "Lily & Me", "The Royal Navy & Me" and Chapter XXl Armageddon. Writer, blogger and RN Submariner, antique automobile enthusiast.
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