Monday, June 12, 2017

there were a great number of Bantams at the San Marino car show... just wonderful to see twice as many in one place than I've ever seen at all























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  1. Looks like more American Austins than Bantams present, from the pics.

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    1. You're right, one or two more Austin than Bantam. I can't tell them apart from the front, so there must be a lot of similarities. Maybe one company bought the other, or licensed the design?

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    2. American Austin or American Bantam? Both cars were American-made by workmen in an American plant in Butler, Pennsylvania.

      American Bantam 1938-1940. American Austin Car Company president Roy S. Evans reorganized his firm in 1936 as the American Bantam Car Company. Mechanical improvements meant his cars were no longer licensed versions of the original Austin Seven. Initially, Thomas Hibbard redesigned the bodies and production was anticipated for 1936, but a financial setback delayed production. Ultimately, Hibbard's designs were not used.

      This delay allowed Evans to solicit new streamlined designs from Alexis deSahknoffsky. American Austin body shell stampings were retained, but fenders, grilles, wheels, interiors and other details were updated. New body styles were added.

      Unfortunately, a significant market for economy cars would not develop in America for two more decades. Only about 6,700 Bantams were built before civilian production ceased in June, 1940 to make way for military work.

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    3. the 1940 Hollywood was designed by Alex Tremulis

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    4. Five Bantams (two roadsters, one station wagon, one pickup and one coupe) all to the left of the "special" in the pictures. In the center, the 1935 Special, an Ulster body on an English Austin 7 chassis (shown in the background over the hood of the blue Austin). Plus five Austins all to the right of the special. The Wanna-be-Seen-Green Austin coupe is mine. Great show with many rare cars on display in a beautiful setting. GD

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  2. Wonderful show and setting -

    American Austins have the exposed radiator, and look like miniature 1929 Chevrolets. American Bantams have a curved cover over the radiator, and look like miniature 1938 Chevrolets.

    I own one of each - in the Midwest - so, I can not take credit for one of these beauties.

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    1. Thanks!

      How much fun are they to drive? And can two adults fit comfortably in one?

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