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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.
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This is why you join the American Austin Bantam Club
The award-winning American Austin Bantam Club News is a reliable networking tool. American Austin and American Bantam owners are few and far between so they rely on Club News classified advertising to find cars, parts and restoration resources.

Any club can claim to have a first-rate publication. The American Austin Bantam Club leaves that sort of editorial comment to others, such as one of the most trusted names in antique automobiles,
Old Cars Weekly. For 16 years, Old Cars has presented its Golden Quill Awards to the American Austin Bantam Club News in recognition of its "outstanding efforts in the communications field of the old car hobby".

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Club News editors fill its pages with just the right balance of entertainment and education, and they illustrate stories with large, clear photographs, original technical drawings and vintage advertising. The newsletter is published six times a year.

Whether you own an American Austin or Bantam, or just like to read enlightening stories about unusual cars, you should
join the American Austin Bantam Club!
For over 50 years, American Austin Bantam Club members have been helping each other restore their American Austin and Bantam cars. They do this through the national meets and the club's publication, The American Austin Bantam Club News.
Our national meet includes a technical seminar, a welcome picnic, a swap meet, a vintage car tour, car judging, and the annual awards banquet. Each year, attendees sightsee while reacquainting with old friends and making new ones. New members are encouraged to bring their cars, regardless of condition. If your car needs work, this is where you'll find the mechanics. Bring your camera, for you'll see some of the finest American Austin and Bantam cars in the country.

The club holds its annual meet in a different location every year. By doing so, members have an opportunity to tour the United States (and Canada) in their American Austin and Bantam vehicles. The national meets have been held in 23 states and Canada. Members have gathered in Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina,Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin. Butler, Pennsylvania, the car factory's hometown, holds the record for hosting eight national meets.
Join the American Austin Bantam Club now! It's only $25.00 per year for U.S. memberships and $30.00 for all others.
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How to order the
American Austin Bantam Club
Authenticity Manual:

Non-members :$65.00 each*

Discounted for AABC Members:
$40 each*

* for shipment within U.S.
Canada orders: Add $17.00
Foreign orders: Add $26.00

Mail a check payable in U.S. dollars to:
American Austin Bantam Club
P.O. Box 63
Kirkville, NY 13082-0063.

2016 edition.150 pages. 8 1/2" x11" soft cover, Wire-0 Bound book. Full color cover, front and back. Inside 150 pages are black & white. Pages are printed on both sides.

The 150-page manual is the only authoritative verification and restoration resource devoted exclusively to the pioneer economy cars built in Butler, PA between 1930 and 1940.

Information was gleaned from priceless factory artifacts, blueprints, inspection records, sales and service bulletins and advertising collaterol. The data was categorized into hundreds of reference tables to clarify model differences and details ranging from body panels and upholstery fabrics to paint colors, pin stripes and accessories. Reference sections include: Frame & Wheels; Engine & Transmission; Interior Components; Model & Production Figures; Descriptions of Each Model and more.

Within the manual is a 35-page illustrated car spotter's guide with 125 period photographs depicting American Austin and Bantam models plus factory customs, foreign bodied variations, BRCs and trailers.

Members wishing to learn about technical specs are urged to consult period automotive manuals.
Exclusively for club members:

Austin Bantam Club News
Technical article index
2000 to 2016.
You must be a club member to order back issues for $3.00 each. Click here to download index.
1930 Austin Bantam Instruction Book, reprint, $10.00 each
with U.S.A. (members only)
Canadian orders, $11.00
Foreign orders, $12.00.
Softcover. 24 pages, 5.5" x 8.5" booklet. The club has reprinted the first edition of the 1930 Austin Bantam Instruction Book written by the American Austin Car Company of Butler, Pennsylvania. Using technology and software not available in previous reprints, each page has been carefully scanned for clarity and crisp images. So that this book is not misrepresented for the original edition, the book is clearly marked, "Reproduced in 2010 by the American Austin Bantam Club."

Contents: Standard warranty, vehicle specifications & license data, the Car and its operation, The Motor; Recommendations for Motor Oil, Lubrication Diagram, Ignition & Electrical, clutch & transmission, Steering Gear, Front Wheels, Brake Construction & Adjustment, Tires & Rims, Shock Absorbers. Common causes of motor troubles.