(last modified 23 November 2001)
As noted, the Bantam roadsters use the same body tub as the
earlier Austins, above, so the differences wrought in Sakhnoffsky's
mid-thirties redesign are cleverly (and less expensively) in the
fenders and grille where a completely different and more contemporary
"art deco"look is obtained.
How much better can a Roadster look than this?! A real beauty.
Harold and Barbara Simpson's show winning Roadster
Here's my own little roadster at it's first show...
Here's a gold Roadster that is also very tasty...
...and a snappy
Bantam Roadster at the Bantam Colorado
meet in 1996 (photo Jerry King). This one has been gussied up
a bit and is not partiularly stock, but, nothing a contemporary
owner might not have done, so, wheres the harm? Below , or next?,
is a nother Bantam Roadster also suffering a little from too much
attention. It's in a museum in New York somewhere...
This snap was sent in via the net and I lost the note. The
car is in a museum in upstate New York somewhere. One could argue
that is a bit over restored, and note that it has the open wheel
wells on the rear fenders rather than the full coverage "streamlined"
type. Although the American cars had the latter, this is still
correct as most cars sent out for export featured this open style.
(Note the European websites in Sweden and Poland, and the Argie
car in buy and sell where the cars are this way). This is probably
a late '39 or '40 car judging from the "outie" headlights.
Here's a great picture of Norm Booth, Bantam expert extraordinaire,
in his '38 roadster at the Pacific Club's meet at Oakhurst CA
in 1998. This is a 30 year old restoration if you can believe
Here's someone who has been driving Austins and Bantams for
60 years! Still is too...
And for those of you who like the "LeBarron Sweep"
here's a res and black one. The Bantam factory discouraged the
use of this two tone treatment in the Bantam because it was inconsistent
with the overall "Deco" look of the car and drew attention
to the fact that the body tub was the same one used on the original
1930 Austin Roadster. Still, it is a real crowd pleaser and some
really like it's spectator shoe appeal.
Here are a few roadsters that came in on email...who's Are
they? Please identify...details?
I know I drive you purists crazy with my little speculations and
fantasy redo's in Photoshop, but were I on the payroll in those
days, I might have tried to go more towards the pre-war French
school with the big pontoon fenders...retained the split windshield,
elongated the headlight nacelles and added echoing foglights,
added a sloping,barred grille and added some chrome!
A little snapshot from my imagination..........