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B.S.A. Scout Car


Country of Origin/Used by: Great Britain
First Produced/Service Dates: 1938
Manufactured by: Birmingham Cycles, Ltd. [Subsidiary of Birmingham Small Arms (B.S.A)]
Crew: 2
Armament: (1) .303 BREN Machine Gun
Engine: 6 Cylinder Gasoline
Miscellaneous Info: In 1938, the British War Office (BWO) invited a number of companies to design a new armored scout car, which ultimately became the Daimler Dingo Scout Car series. Three (3) firms produced prototypes: Alvis, Ltd., Birmingham Cycles Ltd. (e.g. B.S.A), and Morris Commercial Cars. Very soon after the construction of the initial vehicles, the BWO added new criteria to the design parameters, most importantly all-around and roof armor protection.

The Morris vehicle was quickly eliminated due to mediocre performance, so the choice came down to the Alvis "Dingo" and the B.S.A. vehicles. Although the two vehicles were roughly equal in performance, the B.S.A. offering was ultimately selected due to its lower center-of-gravity and lower cost.  After some changes and alterations were made to the design, B.S.A. sister-firm Daimler Company Ltd. started producing it as the Dingo (not to be confused with the Alvis design).      
Data Sheet Available:   None Available


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B.S.A. Scout Car Photo The Imperial War Museum via Dave Haugh - Content Editor

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A Photo History of Armoured Cars in Two World Wars George Forty
Armoured Cars: 1900-1963 (The Royal Armoured Corps Tank Museum)  
Armoured Cars - AFV Weapons Profile #21 B.T. White
British Armoured Cars: 1914-1945 B.T. White
Encyclopedia of Armoured Cars Duncan Crow & Robert J. Icks

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