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By no means a direct and total history, just a better way to identify jeeps.1940 Bantam Pilot Using the term that has become generic in the English language, this is the undisputed first "jeep." Built by the American Bantam Car Company of Butler, Pennsylvania, it was delivered to Camp Holabird, Maryland, on September 23, 1940.The mechanical pieces were probably incorporated into the Bantam Mark II's that were then in production.Legend has it that the unusable body sections were buried along with a pile of scrap on the Bantam grounds. BY4112 4 cyl 112cid 45bhp @ 3,500 rpm Torque 86 lbs-ft @ 1800 rpm Transmission 3 speed synchromesh Warner Gear T84 Transfer case Spicer Dana 18 two speed Gear Shift Floor mounted Axles Spicer Dana 4.88:1 23-2 rear, Dana 25 front Wheelbase 80 inches Weight 1,840 lbs, 1940 Bantam BRC 60 The Bantam BRC-60 (or Mark II) was the first revision of the Bantam pilot model.
It was wrecked in a traffic accident early in 1941, sent back to Butler and disassembled.
The Quads have all since disappeared, but one lasted long enough to be photographed in the early 1950's.
If Bantam Number One marked the beginning of the Jeep era, the Quad marked the beginning of Willys' dominance of the series.
For example, if the gasoline tank was directly beneath the driver's seat, combining the two main target areas into one, it would lessen the chance of a catastrophic hit.
By October 1941, it became apparent Willys-Overland could not keep up with production demand and Ford was contracted to produce them as well.