The American Automobile Industry in World War Two
An American Auto Industry Heritage Tribute
By David D Jackson

Overview      The U.S. Auto Industry at the Normandy Invasion, June 6, 1944    The U.S. Auto Industry and the B-29 Bomber   U.S. Auto Industry Army-Navy "E" Award Winners   The Complete listing of All Army-Navy "E" Award Winners   Sherman Tanks of the American Auto Industry   Tank Destroyers of the American Auto Industry    M26 Pershing Tanks of the American Auto Industry   Serial Numbers for WWII Tanks built by the American Auto Industry

    Automobile Manufacturers:  American Bantam Car Company   Checker   Chrysler   Crosley   Ford   General Motors   Graham-Paige   Hudson
   Nash-Kelvinator   Packard      Studebaker    Willys-Overland

General Motors Divisions
(Undergoing development) Aeroproducts   Brown-Lipe-Chapin   Buick   Cadillac   Chevrolet   Cleveland Diesel   Delco Appliance   Delco Products   Delco Radio   Delco-Remy   Detroit Diesel   Detroit Transmission   Electro-Motive   Fisher Body   Frigidaire   GM Proving Grounds   GM of Canada   GMC   GMI   Guide Lamp   Harrison Radiator   Hyatt Bearings   Inland   Moraine Products   New Departure   Oldsmobile   Packard Electric   Pontiac   Saginaw Malleable Iron   Saginaw Steering Gear   Southern California Division   Rochester Products   United Motors Service

Truck and Implement Manufacturers:   American LaFrance   Autocar  Diamond T   Caterpillar   Clark Equipment Company   Cleveland Tractor Company   Federal Motor Truck   International Harvester    Mack Truck
   Marmon-Herrington Company   Massey-Harris   Pacific Car and Foundry  Reo Motor Car Company   R.G. LeTourneau   Seagrave Fire Apparatus   Ward LaFrance Truck Corporation   White Motor Company

Automotive Tire
   B.F. Goodrich    Firestone Tire and Rubber Company
 Updates and Additions  


American Bantam Car Company in World War Two
Butler, PA

1935- 1956
Rest in Peace

This page updated 4-30-2017.

The American Bantam Car Company originally formed in 1929 as American Austin Car Company and then in 1936 reorganized as American Bantam after filing for bankruptcy and was a manufacturer of limited number of smaller British cars.  Its opportunity for growth came with the competition for the development of a new 1/4 ton, four wheel drive vehicle for the US Army.  Out of this competition with Ford and Willy-Overland American Bantam's design laid the ground work for what would be forever known as the Jeep.  However, due to limited facilities the US Army, needing a production capacity of 75 a day before WWII began, let alone the increased demand after World War Two started, gave the high volume contracts to Ford and Willys-Overland.

American Bantam Car Company won the Army-Navy "E" Award three times during WWII.

American Bantam Car Company World War Two / WWII Production Numbers / Statistics: (2,675) Jeeps, (73,569) Jeep Trailers(T-3) and (?)1-ton wooden trailers (T-6).   It may have also produced Axles, Ammunition Units and Airplane Parts.  Little information is available. 

This is a very rare 1940 American Bantam Standard Coupe with only 11 being produced as it was years ahead of time in being a small, economical two passenger vehicle.  Weighing only 1,100 pounds it was powered by 4 cylinder 22 hp engine.  It was because of American Bantam's vehicles like this that it was able to develop what became the Jeep.  Author's photo from the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, MI.

Author's Photo.

Author's Photo.

Author's Photo.

The next two photos were graciously provided by Bill Maloney.

This is a rare American Bantam Jeep as seen at the Pennsylvania Military Museum Boalsburgh, PA.  Bill Maloney Photo.

Here is another Bantam Jeep at Militia Museum of New Jersey, Sea Girt, NJ. Bill Maloney Photo.

American Bantam built 73,569 T-3 Jeep Trailers like this on display at the 2013 MVPA Rally at the Ropkey Armor Museum.  Willys-Overland designed and also built the trailer.  Author's Photo.

Author's Photo.

This Bantam T-3 Trailer was built on May 5, 1944 and was serial number 42658.  Author's Photo.

Here is an American Bantam trailer in USMC markings as seen at the 2013 Great Georgia Airshow.  Author's Photo.

Author's Photo.

This 1945 Bantam trailer was seen on display at the Kokomo Automotive Museum in Kokomo, IN.  Author's Photo.

It was hooked up to1942 Ford GPW Jeep.  Author's Photo.

This was actually built after the war ended.  Author's Photo.

Photo added 4-30-2017.

Shown here is a one ton two wheel trailer that would have been pulled behind 2-1/2 ton 6x6 trucks.  Built in on 2-18-1944 it was of wooden construction to save on steel which was hard to get.  Author's photo from the 2014 MVPA National Convention in Louisville, KY on June 28.  Photo added 7-28-2014.

While the ID tag shows a 2 ton gross, the maximum payload itself is one ton.  Author's photo from the 2014 MVPA National Convention in Louisville, KY on June 28.  Photo added 7-28-2014.

 While on display at the convention it was wet up as communication trailer.  Author's photo from the 2014 MVPA National Convention in Louisville, KY on June 28.  Photo added 7-28-2014.

 Author's photo from the 2014 MVPA National Convention in Louisville, KY on June 28.  Photo added 7-28-2014.

 Author's photo from the 2014 MVPA National Convention in Louisville, KY on June 28.  Photo added 7-28-2014.

American Bantam also made a one ton trailer.  Photo added 4-30-2017.

 Photo added 4-30-2017.




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