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*Please note that this vehicle is titled by its engine number, which is 64503.
Despite the public’s ambivalence to the American Austin in 1934, creator Roy Evans refused to abandon his automotive venture and went on to reinvent the Austin – and the American Bantam came out fighting in 1937. Developed at the Butler factory in Pennsylvania, the Bantam was, true to its name, small with deceptively peppy performance. Qualities which are revered today were not appreciated in the 1930s, and only 6,000 of the American Bantam were built before the factory closed its doors in 1940. Very few of this rare breed still exist.
This diminutive titan was one of the last Bantams built in 1940. It was restored to concours standard in 2008 in Texas, and today, it remains in lovely condition. Resplendent in its orange and black paint with black interior, the restored pickup remains unmodified. In 2009, immediately following its restorative works, the Bantam went on to win the AACA National Senior First Prize, and the following year, it took the AACA First Place and Best of Show at the American Austin Bantam Club meet.
Rare and idiosyncratic, the American Bantam Pickup marks a moment in automotive history when a designer was too far ahead of his time to experience the success and kudos he so deserved. This highly decorated example stands ready to provide its next caretaker with a charming motoring experience.