Welcome to my first car company in the community, SBA or stands for South Bangkok Autoworks Inc.
SBA Inc. was founded by (bored) auto technicians and Air force engineers who seeks something unique, fueled my nationalism after suffered from massive importing regulation and from Fuel crisis in 50’s.
Although it was late comer especially in fuel economy car hampered by government’s support, the company was founded in South of the Bangkok so closed by the river seeking in balance of technology and reliability.
(sorry for medium graphic settings as I need some performance from my old Laptop)
[size=150]1962 SBA - Kesa - 1300 DX[/size]
The first product from SBA after 2 years of research and outsourcing for the very first product on launch. The mindset of this car is for middle class Metropolitan who seeks style yet affordable compared to imports from very famous European brands.
After relieved from recent Fuel crisis in 50’s, seeking for economy was less then before. But the rising of middle classes and blue workers in Bangkok were looking for independent transportation apart from using public transport.
Market research revealed that people seeks more comfort and good ground clearances from lack of asphalt paved road, the road was rougher than engineer’s expectation.
However, individuals were looking for style than comfort as main customers are Metropolitan who looking for some road adventures on weekends.
Utility was based on average usage, 4 passengers with medium size luggage with adequate head room and leg room. Although it would be slightly cramp for Westerners whose body much bigger than Asian average.
Engineering wise was based on affordable yet reliable enough resources. Ladder structure with McPherson Struts and Solid axle with leaf spring on the rear to accommodate with harsh road surface but still tame to drive. Engine tuned with economy and reliability in mind.
Creature comforts were on basic needs; Vinyl seats with optional as cloth seat cover, AM/FM Radio set, Standard safety features. Planned having A/C units in future.
The adventure is waiting, jump in Kesa from SBA Inc.!