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How American Bantam Cars work

Roy S. Evans bought American Austin for a mere $5,000 and renamed it American Bantam. American Bantam produced small cars from 1936 up until 1941. Learn why American Bantam didn't succeed beyond World War II.

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  • How Graham Cars Work

    How Graham Cars Work

    The Graham brothers originally built trucks for Dodge before buying their own company. The Grahams prospered with cars as quickly as they had with trucks. Learn how they went on to produce classic if ill-fated cars. See more »

  • How Henry J Cars Work

    How Henry J Cars Work

    Henry J. Kaiser a former partner of Joseph Frazer borrowed money to design a car after their partnership dissolved. With no little modesty, he named it the Henry J. Learn about the Henry J's fate. See more »

  • How Hudson Cars Work

    How Hudson Cars Work

    Hudson made some of America's finest most popular cars during its 48-year history. A low-priced four-cylinder Essex was a key to their early success. Learn about Hudson's history and its cars in this article. See more »

  • How Kaiser Cars Work

    How Kaiser Cars Work

    Kaiser made inventive cars during the 1940s and 1950s that just never caught on with the public. Kaiser was experimenting with the idea of plastic-bodied cars. Read about the history of Kaiser in this article. See more »

  • How LaSalle Cars Work

    How LaSalle Cars Work

    LaSalle was formed as a companion line to Cadillac seeking to fill a price gap between themselves and Buick. The division chose the name LaSalle, honoring the French explorer. Find out how LaSalle fit the bill. See more »

  • How Marmon Cars Work

    How Marmon Cars Work

    Howard Marmon set out to build the perfect automobile, but was cut short by the Depression. The Marmon HCM Prototype was one of the models that never saw production. Learn about Marmon's near miss with automotive perfection. See more »

  • How Muntz Cars Work

    How Muntz Cars Work

    The Muntz Jet was built on the dream of a man known as Earl "Madman" Muntz. Learn about Muntz and find out why a one-shot car by a small company ultimately couldn't compete with established automakers. See more »

  • How Nash Cars Work

    How Nash Cars Work

    Charles Nash believed in offering innovative cars at a fair price. He bought the Thomas B. Jeffery Company and renamed it Nash Motors. Read about the history and vehicles of the Nash car company in this article. See more »

  • How Packard Cars Work

    How Packard Cars Work

    Founded by James Ward Packard in 1989, Packard was once a leader among automakers, but changing tastes and poor business decisions doomed the brand. Learn more about Packard cars. See more »

  • How Panoz Cars Work

    How Panoz Cars Work

    Panoz Auto Development Company is the brainchild of Dan Panoz and his billionaire father. Dan setup a small factory in Atlanta, Georgia to create his first roadster. Learn about models such as the Panoz Roadster and A.I.V. See more »

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