In 1939, American Bantam produced 238 Speedsters. Ten of these were held over to 1940 and fitted with leather upholstery and extra Chrome & stainless, called Deluxe models, to serve as prototypes for the 40 model year. This is one of these ten. Along came the Army and its call for the development of a military vehicle prototype in 28 days. Bantam was the only company that met the deadline by using the Speedster tub, drivetrain & frame to develop the BMC (Bantam Military Car) which so impressed the Army that they contracted with Bantam to build them for shipment to England and Russia to support the war effort. Bantam stopped all car production and began its military manufacturing. After producing 2800 and because they could not meet the production levels, the Army took the Design and gave it to Willis & Ford to produce and gave Bantam the trailer and torpedo motor contracts.
I am Selling my 1940 American Bantam Speedster Deluxe Convertible - This is a complete frame off nut and bolt restoration with matching numbers motor and body. All original but refurbished parts with original production record to prove it. This is one of only 10 sold in 1940, the last year of Bantam Car production. The Speedster is the rarest of the rare Bantams with only 6-9 registered today and this is probably the only Deluxe Speedster in existence.
This Speedster was a 4 seater convertible with drop down windshield. This one also has optional wind wings, trim rings and comes with the original hand crank. This is a concourse quality frame off restoration. These cars are rare, rare, rare; and are steadily rising in value. Speedsters rarely come up for sale. One of lesser quality recently sold at auction 4 years ago for $54,000. This one is for sale (make offer) or will trade for a pre-war convertible, or steel flathead v8 hotrod with extended cockpit or something else of similar value that is well done and cool cool cool. Call or text.
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