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URL: http://riceornot.ricecop.com/?auto=51774
Submitted by: DiRF
Comments: 3  (Read/Post)     Favorites: 0  (View)
Submitted on: 04-19-2006
View Stats Category: Truck
1940 American Bantam military vehicle prototype. The first Jeep.

As with the BMW Dixi, this was (loosely) based on the Austin 7.


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4-19-2006 @ 12:20:53 AM
Posted By : Altima35se2003 Reply | Edit | Del
now you gotta post a Datcar.

And this loosely based on the 7, nuts

4-19-2006 @ 12:23:56 AM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
#1, Well, I believe only this one prototype was loosely based on the 7. By the time the Jeep entered production (at the hands of Willys and Ford, with American Bantam left to die... grrr...) it was on its own proprietary chassis, IIRC.

This AB prototype was thrown together in an amazingly short amount of time. What that tiny little company in Butler, Pennsylvania accomplished with designing this vehicle is truly amazing. ...and really makes it a fucking tragedy that the company folded since they were left out of the government contract to actually PRODUCE the Jeeps...

4-19-2006 @ 12:25:33 AM
Posted By : Altima35se2003 Reply | Edit | Del
#2, yeah, our discovery channel had a special about the jeep like 7 years ago

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