Original 1930 American Austin Bantam Coupe Rare
You are viewing a piece of Automotive History in this 1930 Rare, Original 1930 American Bantam Coupe. Painted Blue with Black Fenders and looks good. Powered by a 46 Cubic Inch Flathead 4 Cyl motor with 3 Speed manual Transmission. (Motor has only 30 Lbs of Compression. Spare Motor included in purchase) or rebuild the Original.
Interior is all in Place but need restoration. Front and Rear Bumpers are Original in very good condition. Undercarriage is clean with little surface rust. Engine Compartment is good condition.
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.
There is a great amount of information regarding this Historical Auto Manufacturer available on the Internet as well as Car Clubs. Check out austinbantamclub.com to get started.
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