Birmingham Small Arms (BSA) was established to manufacture weapons for the British Government.
At the end of the 19th century, they started making
motorcycles and bicycles.
BSA's front wheel drive car appeared on the market in 1930. It was a three-wheeler that competed with and outsold
the Morgan. To avoid the dirty chain between the front engine and the rear wheel
(as found on the Morgan), BSA decided to adopt a front wheel drive
layout, but eliminated the CV joints in order to help keep the cost down. Unlike the Morgan, the BSA had a reverse gear and an electric starter.