<b>1938 Bantam Boulevard Delivery  </b><br />Chassis no. 60365 <br />Engine no. M-63544

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1938 Bantam Boulevard Delivery
Chassis no. 60365
ngine no. M-63544

Sold for US$ 42,350 inc. premium
1938 Bantam Boulevard Delivery
Chassis no. 60365
Engine no. M-63544
747cc L-Head Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
Single Updraft Carburetor
15bhp (rated)
3-Speed Transmission
Solid Axles with Front Transverse Semi-Elliptic Spring and Twin Quarter Elliptic Springs Rear
4-Wheel Mechanical Drum Brakes

*Very rare Boulevard Delivery
*Exquisite, practical little vehicle
*Styled by Alexis de Sakhnoffsky
*Recipient of the highest possible awards


AMERICAN BANTAM

Reorganized by the charismatic Florida dealer Roy Evans, the American Bantam Car Company rose from the ashes of the attempt to build a licensed version of the British Austin 7. Importantly he kept one of the key ingredients of potential, its elegant body designs commissioned from Alexis de Sakhnoffsky, best known for his work on the Auburn Speedster. With new financing and updated styling, the new Bantam car entered production late in mid-1937. In addition to the familiar roadster and coupe, models included a pickup, station wagon and panel delivery trucks. Speedster and Riviera models had seating for four, later cars moving the headlamps out to the fenders. Prices ranged from $399 to $565 in 1939, but customers still weren't buying. Only about 6,000 Bantams were built through 1940, and leftover cars were sold as '41s.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Undoubtedly one of the most appealing American Bantams was the Boulevard Delivery, which flaunts the genius of de Sakhnoffsky. A clear novelty, not surprisingly it was frequently employed more for promotional than practical uses. All told it is thought that a mere 72 only of these attractive vehicles were built, with a high attrition rate accounting to just 5 known survivors. Of those, this must be one of the best that exists, a car that is believed to have been sold new in Florida and carries title history back to 1944.

In restored order, it is painted tastefully in a deep metallic burgundy with the sweep panel finished in lighter hue. A wide crimson stripe separates the two, and the cozy cockpit is done in matched leather. The overall presentation is enhanced by a plethora of detail features such as triple chrome stripes down the wheel spats, carriage lamps on the quarters, dual wipers and horns.

Since its restoration, the Bantam was awarded the AACA Senior National First Prize, and the AACA awarded it a Grand National First Prize Winner in 2010. The Bantam has also received the American Austin Bantam Club "Roy Evans Award" for Best of Show.

Contemporary marketing for these cars described them as a 'jewel box on wheels.' It is hard to better such sentiments, particularly in respect of this example.

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  • Please note that the correct engine number for this vehicle is 63544.
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<b>1938 Bantam Boulevard Delivery  </b><br />Chassis no. 60365 <br />Engine no. M-63544
<b>1938 Bantam Boulevard Delivery  </b><br />Chassis no. 60365 <br />Engine no. M-63544
<b>1938 Bantam Boulevard Delivery  </b><br />Chassis no. 60365 <br />Engine no. M-63544
<b>1938 Bantam Boulevard Delivery  </b><br />Chassis no. 60365 <br />Engine no. M-63544
<b>1938 Bantam Boulevard Delivery  </b><br />Chassis no. 60365 <br />Engine no. M-63544
<b>1938 Bantam Boulevard Delivery  </b><br />Chassis no. 60365 <br />Engine no. M-63544
<b>1938 Bantam Boulevard Delivery  </b><br />Chassis no. 60365 <br />Engine no. M-63544
<b>1938 Bantam Boulevard Delivery  </b><br />Chassis no. 60365 <br />Engine no. M-63544
<b>1938 Bantam Boulevard Delivery  </b><br />Chassis no. 60365 <br />Engine no. M-63544
<b>1938 Bantam Boulevard Delivery  </b><br />Chassis no. 60365 <br />Engine no. M-63544
<b>1938 Bantam Boulevard Delivery  </b><br />Chassis no. 60365 <br />Engine no. M-63544
<b>1938 Bantam Boulevard Delivery  </b><br />Chassis no. 60365 <br />Engine no. M-63544
<b>1938 Bantam Boulevard Delivery  </b><br />Chassis no. 60365 <br />Engine no. M-63544
<b>1938 Bantam Boulevard Delivery  </b><br />Chassis no. 60365 <br />Engine no. M-63544
<b>1938 Bantam Boulevard Delivery  </b><br />Chassis no. 60365 <br />Engine no. M-63544
<b>1938 Bantam Boulevard Delivery  </b><br />Chassis no. 60365 <br />Engine no. M-63544
<b>1938 Bantam Boulevard Delivery  </b><br />Chassis no. 60365 <br />Engine no. M-63544
<b>1938 Bantam Boulevard Delivery  </b><br />Chassis no. 60365 <br />Engine no. M-63544
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