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Bantam Mark 2 (Model 60) Reconnaissance Car


Country of Origin/Used by: USA 
First Produced/Service Dates: 1940
Manufactured by: American-Bantam Company
Crew: 1+3
Armament: (1) .30 cal machine gun or (1) .50 cal HMG
Engine: 4-Cylinder Gasoline (Continental)
Miscellaneous Info: After the successful evaluation of the Bantam Recon Car No. 1, American-Bantam immediately started the manufacture of the planned 70 pre-production Bantam Mark 2 Recon Cars; also referred to as the "Model 60".  Eight of the Mark 2 vehicles were built with 4-wheel steering due to a requirement by the US Cavalry, but that feature never became standard with the US Military after this time period due to manufacturing difficulties as well as disappointing performance. 

The Mark 2 was very similar to the No. 1 car, but incorporated changes and modifications that stemmed from the results of the US Army's evaluation of the Pilot Car, as well as additional minor changes initiated by Bantam.  The US Military was so impressed with the performance of the No. 1 car as well as the potential of the Mark 2, that they requested Bantam start production of the subsequent BRC-40 Recon Car design even before all 70 vehicles were completed.

Data Sheet Available:    None Available


Reference Source/Provider
  Bantam Mark 2 Recon Car Photo David Doyle - Memphis, Tennessee USA
Bantam Mark 2 Recon Car Photo (with side body damage) via Dave Haugh - Content Editor
    Bantam Mark 2 Recon Car Photos (Replica Vehicle) Keith Ross - Oklahoma, USA

References Available


Reference Source/Provider
Bantam Mark 2 Recon Car Information and Photos Andy's French Military Jeep Site
Bantam Mark 2 Recon Car Information and Photos CJ3B.Info
Bantam Mark 2 Recon Car Information and Photos Fourwheeler Network
Bantam Mark 2 Recon Car Information and Photos Olive Drab.Com


Reference Author
All-American Wonder: The Military 1/4 Ton 4x4 Truck -Volumes 1-3 (Victory WW2 Publishing) Ray Cowdery (Vol. 1 & 2) & Fred Crismon (Vol. 3)
Essential Military Jeep (Bay View Books) Graham Scott
Jeep Genesis: The Rifkind Report (ISO-Publications) Herbert Rifkind
Jeep Goes to War: A Pictorial Chronicle (Courage Books) William Fowler
Jeep: Warhorse, Workhorse & Boulevard Cruiser (Motorbooks International) David Featherston

Jeeps: 1941-45 (Osprey Publishing- New Vanguard #117)

Steve Zaloga
"Meet the Ancestors" (April 2012 Issue of Military Machines International Magazine) Mark Askew
Military Jeep: 1940 Onwards (Ford, Willys & Hotchkiss) (Haynes Publishing - Enthusiasts' Manual) Pat Ware
Military Jeeps: 1941-1945 (Brooklands Book Distribution, Ltd.) T. Richards
Pre-Standardized Jeep Walkaround (5711) (Squadron-Signal Publications)

Review by Patrick Keenan at the Armor Modeling and Preservation Society (AMPS) Website
David Doyle
Rare WW2 Jeep Photo Archives: 1940-1945 (Jeep Promotions, Ltd.) Mark Askew
U.S. Military Wheeled Vehicles (Crestline Books) Fred W. Crismon
Warbaby: The True Story of the Original (Bantam) Jeep (Points North Press) William Spear
World War II Jeep In Action (First Edition) (Squadron Signal Publications) David Doyle
World War II Jeep In Action (Second Edition) (Squadron Signal Publications)

Review on WarWheels by Andrew Renshaw
David Doyle

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