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.
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".
The 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.
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Parking was not a problem at the 1984 meet in Des Moines.
How to order the
American Austin Bantam Club
Non-members :$65.00 each*
Discounted for AABC Members:
* 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
Members wishing to learn about technical
specs are urged to consult period
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