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1938 American Bantam Series 60

The American Austin Car Company was founded in 1929 in Butler, Pennsylvania. The product was a version of the Austin Seven car produced in Europe. Power was from a 747 cc inline four-cylinder engine and wore bodies designed by Alexis de Sakhnoffsky and made by the Hayes Body Company of Detroit. The small and minimalistic vehicles sold for slightly less than a Ford V8 Roadster, with the coupe (labeled as a sedan) selling for $445. Sales were initially positive, but with the outbreak of the Great Depression, production was suspended. In 1934, like so many other companies of this era, it was forced to file for bankruptcy after producing around 20,000 vehicles.

Roy Evans was a former salesman for Austin and a firm believer in the small car market. In 1935 he acquired the bankrupt company and reorganized it under the name American Bantam. Several changes were made to the American Austin car design, including an updated exterior designed by Alexis de Sakhnoffsky, and a modified engine.

The Bantam, like the car it replaced, was small, economical, fuel-efficient, and minimalistic. Prices ranged from $399 to $565 in 1939. Unfortunately, there was not much of a market in the United States for a car of its caliber, and production ended in 1941 with fewer than 7,000 examples built.

With the outbreak of World War II and the fuel shortages and rationings that followed, the Bantam gained a new appreciation for its fuel-sipping appetite.

In its final months, the company developed a small prototype military vehicle, with mass-production being handled by Ford. It would come to be known as the jeep.


by Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2020

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The American Austin Car Company was incorporated in Delaware in 1929 and headquartered in Butler, Pennsylvania just outside of Pittsburgh, PA. The company built small automobiles based on the Austin Seven of the Austin Motor Company of Birmingham, England. These automobiles were fuel-efficient, cost-effective, and mechanically uncomplicated. The Ford Motor Company had created an empire by offering....
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1938 American Bantam Series 60 vehicle information

Roadster

The American Bantam Car Company was resurrected from the ashes of the American Austin Car Company of Butler, PA. Bantams were produced from 1938 through 1941. Count Alexis deSaknoffsky redesigned his original American Austin Roadster for $300, resu....[continue reading]

1938 American Bantam Series 60 vehicle information

Boulevard Delivery

Chassis Num: 60365
Engine Num: 63544

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 expan....[continue reading]

1938 American Bantam Series 60 vehicle information

Roadster

Chassis Num: 62109
Engine Num: 63349

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....[continue reading]

1938 American Bantam Series 60 vehicle information

Roadster

Chassis Num: 62562

Production of the American Bantam commenced in 1937 and by 1940, the company was offering 11 body styles. 6,513 Bantams were built before production came to a close in 1941. ....[continue reading]

1938 American Bantam Series 60 vehicle information

Roadster

Chassis Num: 6140638

The American Bantam, like the American Austin before it, was a small, economical, and 'adorable' little car. By the mid-1930s, however, were not qualities that impressed buyers. Thus, fewer than 7,000 were produced before production ended for good in....[continue reading]

1938 American Bantam Series 60 vehicle information

Roadster

The American Austin Company was purchased in 1935 by Roy S. Evans and re-established as the American Bantam Car Company in 1937. Designer Alexis de Sakhnoffsky who was known for his streamline-style auto designs was hired to restyle the cars. Sakhnof....[continue reading]

1938 American Bantam Series 60 vehicle information

Roadster

Chassis Num: 62187

Roy Evans was an automotive enthusiast and salesman who acquired the American Austin Car Company, which had manufactured an American version of the British Austin 7 until 1934 when it filed for bankruptcy. Evans renamed the company and three years la....[continue reading]

Roadster
 
Boulevard Delivery
Chassis #: 60365 
Roadster
Chassis #: 62109 
Roadster
Chassis #: 62562 
Roadster
Chassis #: 6140638 
Roadster
 
Roadster
Chassis #: 62187 

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Price Comparison

1938 Series 60
$549-$9,500
1938 American Bantam Series 60 Price Range: $468 - $549

Model 60

Year
Production
Wheelbase
Engine
Prices
75.00 in.
4 cyl., 45.00 CID., 20.00hp
$468 - $549
74.50 in., 75.00 in.
4 cyl., 50.10 CID., 20.00hp
$525 - $525
75.00 in.
4 cyl., 50.10 CID., 20.00hp
$582 - $582

Industry Production

#1#2#3American Bantam
1942Chevrolet (254,885)Ford (160,432)Plymouth (152,427)
1941Chevrolet (1,008,976)Ford (691,455)Plymouth (522,080)
1940Chevrolet (764,616)Ford (541,896)Plymouth (430,208)
1939Chevrolet (577,278)Ford (487,031)Plymouth (423,850)
1938Chevrolet (465,158)Ford (410,263)Plymouth (285,704)512
1937Chevrolet (815,375)Ford (765,933)Plymouth (566,128)
1936Ford (930,778)Chevrolet (918,278)Plymouth (520,025)
1935Ford (820,253)Chevrolet (548,215)Plymouth (350,884)
1934Ford (563,921)Chevrolet (551,191)Plymouth (321,171)
1933Chevrolet (486,261)Ford (334,969)Plymouth (298,557)

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