1941 American Bantam 65 SuperSOLD
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--Metallic Sand, Ivory coves with Red striping with Dark and Light Tan two tone interior, 3- speed manual.

History: In 1929, Britain’s Sir Herbert Austin visited New York bringing with him four of his popular Austin Seven cars. He spoke with a number of businesspeople, hoping to interest some of them in a franchise to build the little Austins. Only after returning home did he hear from some bankers in western Pennsylvania who were eager to industrialize their city, thus the American Austin Car Company was established at Butler shortly thereafter.

The American directors of the new firm felt the English Austin needed some flashier lines, and looked to Detroit for inspiration. Hayes Body Company submitted proposals by Alexis de Sakhnoffsky, a Russian count who had become their art director. Spiffy little coupes and roadsters were placed into production and advertised in a brochure illustrated by Esquire artist Lawrence Fellows. Borrowing the “sweep panel” associated with Duesenberg, Sakhnoffsky made the cars look jaunty and cute. The powerplant came directly from British Austin Seven motor.

Only 8,558 cars were delivered by the end of 1930, sales in 1931 were worse and the company went into receivership. Roy Evans, the charismatic Florida dealer, took charge, selling most of the accumulated inventory. Evans reorganized the company into the American Bantam Car Company and had Sakhnoffsky update the styling. The new Bantam car entered production late in mid-1937. In addition to the familiar roadster and coupe, models included a pickup, station wagon and panel delivery trucks. Speedster and Riviera models had seating for four, later cars relocated the headlamps out to the fenders. Prices ranged from $399 to $565 in 1939, but customers still weren't buying. Only about 6,000 Bantams were built through 1941.

This Bantam has enjoyed long time collector ownership and shows few signs of age. It is a welcomed addition to any automobile collection or wonderful around town fun as evidenced by my recent drive to and from home, a crowd pleaser wherever it is seen.

Reference Number 45644

as of 6/22/2009

Overview
Car 1941 American Bantam 65 Super
Exterior / Interior Color Metallic Sand, Ivory coves with Red striping / Dark and Light Tan two tone interior 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
Transmission Manual Shift 
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