Vintage Austin Bantam Cars Come Home From Their Invention – Butler Eagle

The 50th Anniversary of the American Austin Bantam Club was held in Butler in 2013 and featured over 30 classic cars all made in Butler. File photo of the eagle butler

The last time the American Austin Bantam Club met in Butler was in 2013 for its 50th meeting. The Austin pictured is part of the collection of George and Karol Hailin, who hosted the event. File photo of the eagle butler

Butler will once again be swarmed with vehicles on Wednesday, when members of the American Austin Bantam Club gather for the group’s 60th annual meeting.

But unlike the Bantam Jeep Fest that took place in early June, these vehicles are much slimmer and more compact, have a top speed of around 30 to 35 miles per hour and go around 50 miles per gallon.

In other words, they are the forerunners of the Jeep.

“These are all antiques from around 1930 through 1942 – all pre-WWII,” said Jack Cohen, president of the Butler County Tourism & Convention Bureau. “These are beautiful vehicles; they’re fun to drive and great to see as they show the history of our vehicles that were made here in Butler.

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