1930 American Austin Bantam Coupe Rare Original
You are viewing a piece of Automotive History in this 1930 Rare, Original 1930 American Bantam Coupe. If you happened to see the Great Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus from the late 40’s on, you may have seen this Car cruising through the Big Top carrying a full load of Clowns. Can you guess how many clowns in the car? This is the actual American Bantam used in that day at the Circus.
The American Austin Car Company was established in 1929 to build a licensed version of the Austin Seven would occupy the vacant Standard Steel Car Company factory in Butler, Pennsylvania. Design proposals by Amos Northup and Count Alexis deSahknoffsky were considered. Austin contracted with Hayes Body Works to build deSahknoffsky’s designs in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The bodies were to be shipped to Butler for assembly onto completed chassis.
During the January 1930 New York Auto Show, American Austin held a private exhibition in a nearby hotel lobby. Two hand-built prototypes were on display–a coupe and a “special delivery” car (business coupe). By August, the sales department reported advance orders of 184,000 vehicles. However, the crippling effects of the Great Depression caused 95% of those orders to be cancelled.
American Austin production limped along disappointingly through 1934. Fewer than 20,000 cars and trucks hit the highway. Only a skeleton crew remained on staff into 1935.
This is an Older Restoration that is still in good condition. Powered by a 46 Cubic Inch 4 Cyl Flathead Motor, 3 Speed Manual Transmission on the Floor. Painted Red with the Ringling Brothers Signs still on the Doors. This is an All Steel Body in solid condition. Interior restoration needs to be completed. Bench Seat is in Good condition and Door Panels are okay. Needs Carpets and overall restoration of dash and Interior metal work.
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