It is the third prototype of manufacturer Bantam to the creation of the jeep (after the) Bantam BRC - 60 and MKI).
The success of the tests performed on the Bantam BRC - 60 led to the purchase of 1,500 additional models, under condition that the changes are made. Among these improvements, guard-sludge will be more square and the front plate will be flat. These are the two major changes.
The Bantam jeep "BRC40 4 x 4 Light Reconnaissance Vehicle"
In 1941, Bantam signed an agreement with the factory Checker (see article on the origin of the jeep) to produce a BRC-40. Little has filtered out of this arrangement, but one possible explanation is that small business Bantam had this idea to show to the American Government that it had production capabilities to equip the army. One of these jeeps have survived, it is today at the memorial of cars Gilmore to Hicky Corners.
The BRC-40 came within the specifications, and it was greatly appreciated. 2 642 new jeeps of this model were ordered toequip the allies (England, Russia...), but the US military had other projects to Bantam. Indeed, knowing that the war was going to explode and so that production would be gigantic, how a site small business can create as many jeeps in the time? Jeep BRC-40 stopped here, and Bantam manufactured with trailers to equip the jeeps, built by Ford and Willys. They never made jeeps.
A BRC - 40 manufactured by Bantam in 1941 can be seen at the Butler County Historical Society Museum in Butler, who is made the place of the former Bantam plant.
|Motorization||Continental Motor Co. BY4112 4 cal 112cid 45bhp @ 3,500 rpm|
about 941 kgs
Rear view of the BRC40 Bantam jeep
Calibre machine gun anti-aircraft.50 mounted on a Bantam Jeep at Fort Riley, 1941
Loading of a jeep bantam USMC in a ship at New River, 1941
Bantam Jeep equipped with transmission cables, 1941
Photo of the BRC40 Checker submitted to camp Holabird model