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1938 American Bantam Series 60 Roadster / 62109 Vehicle Information

1938 American Bantam Series 60 photograph

1938 American Bantam Series 60
Sold for $90,200 at 2012 Gooding and Company - The Scottsdale Auction.
Roy S. Evans purchased the American Austin company, located in Butler, PA, in 1935. He hired designer Alexis de Sakhnoffsky to restyle the cars. In 1937, Evans reconstituted the company as American Bantan, and presented a range of vehicles consisting of three different coupes and two roadsters. The success of the company, however, was destabilized due to the Depression-era economy and production ceased after the 1941 model year.

This American Bantam Roadster is powered by a 46 cubic-inch L-head four-cylinder engine fitted with an updraft carburetor. It produces 20 horsepower and is mated to a three-speed manual gearbox. There are four-wheel mechanical drum brakes with a live rear axle using quarter-elliptical leaf springs.

In 1965, this roadster was purchased by Everett Kroll, which marked the beginning of a long succession of ownerships by presidents of the American Bantam Society. The current owner first purchased the car in 1985, before selling it to another former president of the American Bantam Society, Scott Pickle. The current owner (also a former American Bantam club president) recently reacquired the car and treated it to a restoration that was completed in 2011. The exterior is finished in two-tone color scheme of red and maroon with art deco cues such as the chrome spears on the rear fender shields. There is a convenient folding soft top, a non-original competition that is considerably easier to use than the original top and can conveniently be removed for a more authentic presentation.

This roadster is one of only 512 examples built in 1938. It has a rear-mounted spare tire, side curtains, fold-down windshield and whitewall tires.

In 2012, this Roadster was offered for sale at the Gooding & Company auction held in Scottsdale, Az. It was estimated to sell for $35,000 - $55,000 and offered without reserve. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $90,200 inclusive of buyer's premium.


By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2012



2012 Gooding and Company - The Scottsdale Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $35,000-USD $55,000 
Sale Price :
USD $90,200

1938 American Bantam Series 60 Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1938 sales)
1938 American Bantam Boulevard Delivery
Chassis#: 60365
Sold for USD$39,200
  2021 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island Auction
1938 American Bantam Series 60 image  1938 American Bantam Series 60 image  
1938 American Bantam Roadster
Chassis#: 62500
Sold for USD$25,850
  2020 RM Sothebys : Shift/Monterey
 
1938 American Bantam Roadster
Chassis#: 62187
Sold for USD$26,880
  2020 Gooding & Company : Amelia Island
1938 American Bantam Series 60 image  1938 American Bantam Series 60 image  
1938 American Bantam Roadster
Chassis#: 6140638
Sold for USD$27,500
  2015 RM Sotheby's Hershey Auction
1938 American Bantam Series 60 image  1938 American Bantam Series 60 image  
1938 Bantam Boulevard Delivery
Chassis#: 60365
Sold for USD$42,350
  2015 Bonhams : Greenwich Concours
1938 American Bantam Series 60 image  1938 American Bantam Series 60 image  
1938 American Bantam Roadster
Chassis#: 62562
Sold for USD$44,000
  2015 Gooding & Company - Arizona
1938 American Bantam Series 60 image  
1938 AMERICAN BANTAM PICKUP
Sold for USD$33,600
  2014 McCormick's - Palm Springs # 56
 
1938 AMERICAN BANTAM PICKUP
Sold for USD$33,600
  2014 McCormick's - Palm Springs # 56
 
1938 American Bantam Roadster w/Custom Wooden Boat & Trailer
Chassis#: 11US0008083
Sold for USD$30,800
  2012 Worldwide - The Auburn Auction
 
1938 American Bantam Roadster
Chassis#: 62109
Sold for USD$90,200
  2012 Gooding and Company - The Scottsdale Auction
1938 American Bantam Series 60 image  
1938 American Bantam Cabriolet
Chassis#: 66007
Sold for USD$19,800
  2011 RM Auctions at Monterey
 
1938 Bantam Boulevard Delivery
Sold for USD$42,900
  2010 RM Auctions - Collector Cars of Fort Lauderdale
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1938 American Bantam Series 60's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1938 Bantam Roadster 2016 Russo & Steele : Arizona   

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American Bantam Series 60 Vehicle Profiles
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American Bantam Series 60 Coupe

Model Year: 1938
Roadster
American Bantam Series 60 Roadster

Model Year: 1938
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Roadster
American Bantam Series 60 Roadster

Model Year: 1938

Roadster
American Bantam Series 60 Roadster

Model Year: 1938
Roadster
American Bantam Series 60 Roadster

Model Year: 1938
Profile
Boulevard Delivery
American Bantam Series 60 Boulevard Delivery

Chassis Num: 60365
Engine Num: 63544
Model Year: 1938
Profile and Auction History

Roadster
American Bantam Series 60 Roadster

Chassis Num: 6140638
Model Year: 1938
Profile and Auction History
Roadster
American Bantam Series 60 Roadster

Chassis Num: 62109
Engine Num: 63349
Model Year: 1938
Profile and Auction History
Roadster
American Bantam Series 60 Roadster

Chassis Num: 62187
Model Year: 1938
Profile and Auction History

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American Bantam Series 60 Roadster

Chassis Num: 62562
Model Year: 1938
Profile and Auction History
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American Bantam Series 60 Roadster

Model Year: 1939
Profile
Roadster
American Bantam Series 60 Roadster

Model Year: 1939
Profile

Speedster
American Bantam Series 60 Speedster

Model Year: 1939
Profile
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Coachbuilder: Mifflenburg Body Company
Model Year: 1939
Profile
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Chassis Num: 64001
Model Year: 1939
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Speedster
American Bantam Series 60 Speedster

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Model Year: 1939
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