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1938 American Bantam Series 60

Chassis number : 60365

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Sold for $42,350 at 2015 Bonhams : Greenwich Concours.
Sold for $39,200 at 2021 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island Auction.
Roy Evans acquired the defunct American Austin Automobile Company in the late 1930s, reinventing it as the American Bantam Company. The cars received more powerful engines and Alexis de Sakhnoffsky was commissioned to update the styling. Bantam expanded the Austin line to include a sporty roadster and 'Hollywood' cabriolet, and several commercial-oriented bodies including a pickup, panel truck, and Boulevard Delivery.

The Bantam Boulevard Delivery was built during a twelve-month period between 1938 and 1939. Only 70 of these vehicles were produced with variations in details common. Roadsters were converted into Boulevard Deliveries by adding a cargo box with gently arching lines, described in sales literature as a 'jewel box on wheels.' Upscale shops such as furriers and milliners used them to make deliveries and be noticed while doing so. Five are known to survive. Priced at $549, the Deluxe version included whitewall tires, leather upholstery, dual wipers and horns, chrome wheel trim rings, and interior appointments. The Boulevard Delivery weighed 1,200 pounds and was powered by a 45 cubic-inch, inline, four-cylinder engine producing 20 horsepower.

Five examples of the Bantam Boulevard Delivery are known to exist in modern times. This particular example was acquired by Cal and Irma Burtner in 1977, and restored in the 1990s to a high standard, and shown at club and concours events. It was later sold to N. Mark Becker who treated the car to a thorough restoration.

This Bantam has earned various concours accolades and club honors, including AACA Senior National and Grand National awards, and the American Austin Bantam Club's Roy Evans Trophy for Best in Show.

This Bantam is finished in two-tone burgundy livery.

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2021 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $60,000-USD $70,000 
Sale Price :
USD $39,200

2015 Bonhams : Greenwich Concours

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $35,000-USD $40,000 
Sale Price :
USD $42,350

1938 American Bantam Series 60 Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the American Bantam Series 60

(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
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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
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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
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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
 

American Bantam Series 60s That Failed To Sell At Auction

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

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1938 American Bantam Series 60 Profiles

1938 American Bantam Series 60 vehicle information
Boulevard Delivery
Chassis #: 60365
Engine #: 63544
1938 American Bantam Series 60 vehicle information
Roadster
Chassis #: 62109
Engine #: 63349
1938 American Bantam Series 60 vehicle information
Roadster
Chassis #: 62562
1938 American Bantam Series 60 vehicle information
Roadster
Chassis #: 6140638
1938 American Bantam Series 60 vehicle information
Roadster
Chassis #: 62187