Further details...

(Above) Here is a skidplate on a regular BRC40 with a delivery date just a week later than the subject car (6-41 vs 5-23-41)

Here is the skid plate on the subject (#101) car...(detached and turned 90°). Note that the two main supporting members are pressed shapes which would have required that whoever produced them would have had to create very expensive dies and set them up in a giant press. Would this be the action of a company making three prototypes or would it more likely be from a company already in production with these very parts? Do the math.

Engine in BRC #101

The engine is a Continental Red Seal, just like any BRC. (Note the latterly added alternator instead of the original generator). The Checker data plate says that this should be engine number BY 4112 577, but it is in fact BY 4112 611...only a few numbers off. (Bantam data plates did not give engine numbers) leading some to suspect that it was probably installed in one of the other two BRC's. Or, it is possible that this is the original engine, but when the Checker plate was added on after reassembly, it was using 577. There could be several explanations for this, but one must keep in mind that these jeeps were completely disassembled and reassembled at Checker, at least once, and then subsequently parts were exchanged and high-graded over the years for whatever purpose was being pursued. This car for instance was stripped of many of it's parts for the benefit of the Gilmore Museum car restoration.