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Register now for the
51st American Austin Bantam Club National Meet!
July 28 to July 31, 2014
Manchester, New Hampshire

Hosted by Chris Germana.
603-361-3158 or e-mail: chrisgermana@gmail.com

Deadline for meet is June 20.
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Welcome to the world's first organization dedicated exclusively to the restoration and preservation of American Austin and Bantam vehicles that were built in Butler, Pennsylvania. The club welcomes owners and fans of American Austin, American Bantam, Bantam Reconnaissance Cars, as well as the English Austin Seven and its derivatives.
Missing Austin & Bantam cars from the Cold Case files
Mike's dad purchased a 1930 American Austin 5-window Cabin Coupe along with 18 other cars at an estate sale in Tennessee. After sitting more than 30 years, the engine fired right up after the fluids were changed and the coil replaced. His dad even drove the car around the yard. What's remarkable is that this car is body number 15. It may be the oldest American Austin ever found and then again, maybe not. Do you have a car with a lower body number?
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Cars & values - Information about the cars and their histories

Events & photos - Images from the 2013 National Meet in Butler, PA and related links

Membership perks - Information about the club's award winning newsletter and the popular American Austin Bantam Club Authenticity Manual

Questions & Answers - Such as, "I have a car for sale?" and "Where do I find parts?"


Join us - Information on how to join, and our Ode to the "can-do" spirit
A recently discovered photo, dated May 2, 1930, of an American-made Austin 7 raises more questions than answers. This one-of-a-kind-car was built by the Budd Manufacturing Corp. of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Prior to its discovery, we were unaware that Budd or any other coach builder had built Austin Seven bodies in the United States. The first American Austin rolled out of the factory near the end of May 1930. Why would Budd build an American version of the Austin 7 around the same time? Was this a rejected American Austin design? And where is the car today?
Bruce has been looking for "Cricket", the family's 1940 American Bantam roadster for years. It was easy to identify by its all-chrome grille. In the late 1950s, the car was sold to a Pennsylvania man, who had the car for nearly 30 years. When he passed in 1981, the estate placed a classified in our newsletter: "1940 Bantam roadster, black and red, in excellent condition, completely restored, but not stock. MG engine & transmission, Nash Metropolitan differential and hydraulic brakes." Have you seen this car?

Other lost cars include a 1939 American Bantam Roadster deluxe body #63001. The car was last seen in Florida during the 1980s and may have ties to a famous author. A notorius architect owned 1939 American Bantam Coupe body #62930. If you have any of these cars or know where they are, please eMail us at orphanbabycars@yahoo.com.

These are just a few of the historical mysteries that we try to solve in the
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