To see the image in a larger format, right click the image and select “view image”.

Some of the photos below have been collected from other individuals and sources. I will work to replace the work of others with photos of my own parts as I fill in the collection. If you would like photo credit, please let me know and I will gladly add it.

Part Number/Description Notes Photo
American Austin Dashboard Application: Early Closed cars

Note:  The panel features an upper flat face and a lower flat face with a recessed stamping of the lower flat face.  The upper edge of the panel essentially features a right angle from the front of the panel to the top edge.

Painted black

 austin dash board
 American Austin Dashboard Application: Later closed cars (Transition information needed)

Note:  These panels feature a rounded raised bead at the top edge up the upper flat panel which causes the dash to appears as though the upper flat panel and lower flat panel are each recessed deeper into the dashboard.  This design was carried over into Bantam production.

 Photos needed.
American Austin Dashboard Application:  Open cars

Painted body color

Note: In photo at right and above, the ignition switches are not installed properly.  These switches should be mounted from the rear.

 austin roadster dash
American Bantam Dashboard  Application:  Closed cars

Note: Painted black unless otherwise specified (i.e. specified as di nok)

Photo at top right shows the dash of an original 1939 panel truck.  Bottom right shows the dash of a restored 1939 panel truck.

 original panel dash boardpanel truck dash bantam
American Bantam Dashboard Application:  Hollywoods, Rivieras

Note: It is believed that these were originally wood grained using the Di-Noc process.

 lynn hollywood dash 1 (2)

1940 rowlands holly gauges 1

American Bantam Dashboard Application: Roadsters, Speedsters, and Boulevard Deliveries

Painted in body color

 bantam roadster dash
American Bantam Dashboard Trim Application:  All Bantam cars which the owner purchased the accessory dash panel.

Note: From existing original examples, it appears that the gauge, knob, and ignition holes were punched while the panel itself was hand cut.  The edges of these panels appear to have been beveled.  Original panels were made from ferrous steel and are often found rusted.  Some panels have trace evidence of original engine turned patter.  Supposedly, these panels were finished in clear lacquer over the plain steel after being machined.

Top right illustrates a dash panel in a roadster.  Note that this particular piece of trim has a crinkle finish on the metal which may have been an experimental pattern.

2nd and 3rd right illustrate dashboards from 1938 coupes which have the accessory panels in place.

Bottom right illustrates the difference in height between a coupe accessory dash trim and roadster trim.

Note: there is a belief that these would not have been installed in vehicles having wood grained dashboards.

 1940 original crinkle dash panel roadsterbantam coupe original dash trim 1938 aBantam Coupe Original Dash Trim 1938Difference between open and closed trim
American Bantam Dashboard Trim Reproduction effort by ABS club members.  Reproduced utilizing profile which would fit closed car panels.  Made of ~.06″ stainless steel with human made engine turning pattern.  It is believed that approximately 10 of these panels were made.  Reproduction Bantam Dash
American Austin Ignition switch/ headlight switch
American Bantam Ignition Switch
 American Bantam Starter Switch
 American Bantam Headlight switch
American Bantam Headlight switch Pull Knob
American Bantam Headlight switch Pull Knob
 American Bantam Headlight switch Pull Knob
 American Austin Choke and Throttle knob
  American Austin Choke and Throttle knob
 American Bantam Choke pull knob
 American Bantam Choke pull knob
 American Bantam Choke pull knob
 American Austin Speedometer
 American Austin Oil Pressure Gauge
 American Austin Fuel Gauge
 American Austin Amp Gauge
American Bantam Speedometer Housing  Note:  Speedometer housing or “can” is steel which is plated, not painted.  Lens for lamp is a blue/green plastic riveted to the housing.

Ink stamp reading: “596B***2” (more legible stamp needed)

 Bantam Speedometer housing 2.JPG

Bantam Speedometer housing 1

Bantam Speedometer housing 3

Hupmobile Speedometer Housing   Photo coming soon
American Bantam gauge bezel Info coming soon Photo coming soon
American Bantam Gauge Glass Retainer and Gasket Stamped steel retainer which is pressed into the back of the gauge bezel which presses the glass and gaskets securely into place.

4th photo illustrates gasket which goes between Gauge Glass Retainer and Glass.  The gasket is made from either black or tan gasket paper.

 Bantam gauge glass retainer 1Bantam gauge glass retainer 2Bantam Gauge bezel rearBantam gauge gasket
American Bantam Glass Insulator Gasket Top Right illustrates the reverse side of a gauge bezel.  The first concentric ring from the center provides a groove for a cork gasket to cushion the gauge glass.

Bottom right illustrates the cork gasket in place.

Note the cork gasket consists of a single length of cork which is pushed into the channel until its ends meet.

 Bantam Cork Gasket Groove 2Bantam Cork Gasket Groove
American Bantam gauge glass Application: Series 60- series 64 cars

Flat glass

See reference letter A at right.



American Bantam gauge glass Application:  Series 64-65 cars

Convex glass

See reference letter B, above right.

 (See Above)
American Bantam gauge glass – Reproduction Same as above.  Made available by Jim Markell.  These were reproduced by a company which manufactured glass for clocks.

See reference letter D, above right.

 (See Above)
American Bantam gauge glass – Reproduction  Similar to above.  Made by Regal / Metalcraft.  These were available in a metal rimmed picture frame having the dimensions 3 1/4″ x 4 1/4″

Note:  These are not a perfect fit and are somewhat loose in a Bezel with poor gaskets.

See reference letter C, above right.

 (See Above)


American Bantam Speedometer Face Application:  Illustrated in early 1938 Bantam press photos which are possibly of Bantam Show cars displayed at 1937 Chicago Auto Show.

Top right is cropped from the 1938 press literature.

2nd right illustrates the two piece nature of the speedometer face.  On the left is a hand painted glass dial, which is separated from a cream colored face which is recessed.

Bottom right illustrates complete face assembly.

Not illustrated is the coordinated center which is fixed to the speedometer mechanism, within which the Hupmobile style needle spins.  These were Hupmobile units, likely used before Bantam artwork was completed.

 1938 show job (2)1937 Bantam Show Car Speedometer Face 21937 Bantam Show Car Speedometer Face 1.JPG
American Bantam Speedometer Face Application:  Early 60 series vehicles.  Possibly only commercial vehicles carried these.  This is the only known style of black speedometer face.

These are similar in concept to the silver faced Hupmobile speedometer (photo at lower right) which Bantam speedometers were drawn from.  More details on Hupmobile instruments below.

 black dial speedometer

gauge parts 001 (2)

American Bantam Speedometer Face Application:  Series 60- series 62?   These are known as being “cream” colored.

Photo at 2nd right is a very original face.  Note that the four notches around the perimeter are folded in portions of the face that mount it directly to the speedometer mechanism.

Photo at 3rd right highlights the part number used for these faces 97654.  You can also see remnants of the original cream color which has not been altered from exposure to light.

Photo at 4th right, comparison between 97654 and 98864 faces illustrating noticeable difference between “cream” and silver pearl faces.

Photo at bottom right illustrates contrast between cream and well preserved silver pearl face.

 norm 38 speedometer (2)

Bantam Speedometer Cream Face 1Bantam Speedometer Cream Face 2Bantam Speedometer Face ComparisonBantam Speedometer Cream Face comparison.JPG

American Bantam Speedometer Face Application:  Series 6? – end of production. These feature a silver / pearl face which, when in good condition, appears quite different from the cream faced gauges.

Photo top right illustrates well preserved silver pearl faces mounted in a car.

2nd right illustrates a partially discolored silver pearl face.

3rd right illustrates the Stewart Warner part number for this face: 98864.  Aside from the color, all other aspects of this appear to be similar to the cream colored face.

4th right illustrates the silver pearl face at right, in comparison with an original cream.

Bottom right illustrates a silver pearl face with a preserved silver pearl instrument face.  Note the similarity in color.

 1939 bantam original silver (2)

Bantam Speedometer Pearl Face Bantam Speedometer Pearl FaceBantam Speedometer Pearl Face 2Bantam Speedometer Face ComparisonBantam Speedometer Pearl Face comparison

American Bantam Speedometer Face Note:  Bantam allegedly furnished cars with speedometers with kilometer indications at right are photos of two possible examples.

Top right:  Speedometer in a 1938 American Bantam Roadster imported to Denmark which belonged to a family known for importing vehicle components into the country to be assembled at their factory.  The car remained in the family through the late 1980’s and many components are original to the car.  The speedometer appears to have 20 at the 9:00 position, 60 at the 12:00 position, 100 at the 3:00 position, and 120 at the end of the dial.  While it appears to feature two sizes of numbering, it clearly follows a different scale than the American market cars.  This is likely an original KMH speedometer.

Lower right: The speedometer currently in car 66007 which was in the UK when this photograph was taken but the production log does not explicitly state that the car was built for export.  Seeing as this gauge shows 2.1 miles, and that the KMH numerals appear to be hand applied, it is possible that this gauge was altered when restored.  More information on these gauges is needed.

 Bantam KMH speedometerbantam kmh speedometer
 unusual needle (2)
American Bantam Speedometer Face – Refurbished Application:  Civilian Bantam

Face at right refurbished by Bob’s Speedometer

 bobs 1 (2)
 American Bantam Speedometer Face – Refurbished Application: BRC

Face at right refurbished by Michael Browne.

 brc speedometer after micahel brown
 American Bantam Speedometer Face – Refurbished  Application: BRC

Face at right refurbished by D&M speedometers.

 brc after d and m 1
 American Bantam Speedometer Face – Refurbished  Application: Civilian Bantam

Face at right refurbished by Jim Schwartzkopf.

 JSresto 1 (2)
  American Bantam Speedometer Face – Refurbished Application: BRC

Face at right refurbished by Jim Schwartzkopf.

 DSC02189 (2)
 American Bantam Speedometer Face  Application:  Potentially all

Unknown Supplier

 paper faces 1 (2)
 American Bantam Speedometer Face Application:  Potentially all

Unknown Supplier

 print out speedometer
American Bantam Speedometer Face Application:  Potentially all

These graphics were published in the AABC club news.

 face from aabc (2)
American Bantam Speedometer Face This Speedometer was installed in a 1939 roadster by the restorer as a custom touch.  Douglas black gauges (2)
Hupmobile Speedometer Face Used on 1935 Hupmobile cars.  gauge parts 001 (2)
Hupmobile Speedometer Face Possibly designed for use on planned 1936 Hupmobile cars.  1937 Bantam Show Car Speedometer Face 1
 American Bantam Speedometer Mechanism Note:  Mechanism is very similar to the Stewart Warner unit used in earlier Hupmobiles.  However, only the speedometer heads without a trip odometer will easily interchange with the Bantam units.

The crescent pieces of metal at the top and bottom of the mechanism are the portions of the assembly where the tabs on the face are bent around to secure it to the mechanism.  If you look closely, you will see a slight recess in the edges near each end.  These are the exact points of interface between the face and mechanism.

Note:  Some Bantam units utilize speedometer needle shafts of varying thickness.  Earlier cars used thinner shafts similar to Hupmobile units.

 American Bantam Speedometer Mecanism 1.JPG

American Bantam Speedometer Mecanism 4.JPG

American Bantam Speedometer Mecanism 5.JPG

American Bantam Speedometer Mecanism 3American Bantam Speedometer Mecanism 6American Bantam Speedometer Mecanism 2


Hupmobile Speedometer Mechanism   Photo coming soon
American Bantam Odometer Wheel   Photo coming soon
 Hupmobile Odometer wheel   Photo coming soon
 American Bantam Speedometer Needle   Photo coming soon
 American Bantam Speedometer Angle Drive  Application: Series 65 and onward Civilian Bantams

Top right illustrates the manner in which the angle adapter interfaces with the speedometer.

Stewart Warner part number 65535 (or P-65535).  In the 2nd – 4th photos you can see a brass threaded portion which is fit into the angle adapter.  This is essential for using this device with a speedometer.

The bottom two photos illustrate a p-65535 which was likely used with a Stewart Warner tachometer.  These units did not come with the brass insert, drive piece, or gear.

 1940 Bantam Speedometer angle adapter.JPG1940 Bantam Speedo Adapter 11940 Bantam Speedo Adapter 21940 Bantam Speedo Adapter 31940 Bantam Speedo Adapter 41940 Bantam Speedo Adapter 51940 Bantam Speedo Adapter 6
American Bantam Gauge Cluster Complete  Photo coming soon
American Bantam BRC Gauge Cluster Complete Example at right illustrates an original BRC gauge prior to restoration.  More information and details are found below in the component description areas.  brc before d and m
Hupmobile Gauge Cluster Complete  Note:  Hupmobile gauge cluster includes a temperature gauge.  and incorporates two additional mounting brackets which are spot welded onto the housing.  This unit is an NOS piece which illustrates the proper finish for the housing, hardware, stamp colors, lens plastic, and bezel plating.  While certain elements are different between these and Bantam gauges, these clues will be helpful in restoring your instruments accurately.

At right is one of two variations utilized by Hupmobile.  The lowermost photo at the right is from a Bantam press release where one of these Hupmobile gauges may have been installed.

 DSC_0264DSC_0266DSC_0267DSC_0268DSC_0269DSC_0271DSC_0273DSC_0274DSC_02751938 show job (2)
American Bantam Instrument Housing (Triple)  Application:  series 60-end of production civilian cars.  There are some exceptions where quad instrument clusters were installed in “show jobs” such as the Hemmingway car and the 1938 show roadster which was shown at the Chicago auto show.

This housing is very similar to the Hupmobile unit but does not have the additional brackets for mounting it and also lacks holes for a gauge mounted in the 12 o’clock position.  Stewart Warner is stamped in the top of the housing.  The original finish appears to be some sort of grey plating (perhaps zinc?)

Note:  Stamps may account for housing having a particular oil pressure gauge, a particular colored face, or even a particular shape of glass lens.  I was not careful in disassembling these so additional information would be needed.

Stamped numbers:




 American Bantam Triple Gauge Cluster Housing 1American Bantam Triple Gauge Cluster Housing 2American Bantam Triple Gauge Cluster Housing 3American Bantam Triple Gauge Cluster Housing 4American Bantam Triple Gauge Cluster Housing 5American Bantam Triple Gauge Cluster Housing 6American Bantam Triple Gauge Cluster Housing 7American Bantam Triple Gauge Cluster Housing 8American Bantam Triple Gauge Cluster Housing 9
 American Bantam Instrument Face  Photos Coming Soon
American Bantam Instrument Face Photos Coming Soon
 American Bantam Instrument Face   Photos Coming Soon
 American Bantam Instrument Face   Photos Coming Soon
 Fuel Gauge  Bantam Fuel Gauge 1.JPGBantam Fuel Gauge 2.JPGBantam Fuel Gauge 4.JPGBantam Fuel Gauge 3.JPGBantam Fuel Gauge 5
 Bantam Amp Meter  Application:  All Bantam civilian production vehicles

Amp range -15 – +15.  These were mounted in the 9 o’clock position of Bantam triple gauges.

 Bantam Amp Gauge 2Bantam Amp Gauge 3Bantam Amp Gauge 4Bantam Amp Gauge 5
 Bantam Amp Meter Application:  All Bantam quad gauge equipped vehicles, including BRC’s.

Amp range -30 to +30.  Mounted in the 12 o’clock position of Bantam quad gauges.

Photos coming soon.
Bantam Oil Pressure Gauge (15 lb) Application: Bantam Series 60-62 vehicles featuring non-pressurized crank shafts.

Stewart Warner part number 98897 is marked on the face and 98898F7 is stamped in ink on the rear.

 Bantam 15 lb oil pressure gauge 2Bantam 15 lb oil pressure gauge 4Bantam 15 lb oil pressure gauge 3
Bantam Oil Pressure Gauge (25 lb) Application:  Bantam Series 63-early 65 Series vehicles.

Stewart Warner face part number 100709 with 100710C7 stamped on the rear along with the number 32.

 Bantam 25 lb oil pressure gauge 1Bantam 25 lb oil pressure gauge 2Bantam 25 lb oil pressure gauge 3
Bantam Oil Pressure Gauge (50 lb) Applications:  Bantams equipped with 3MB engines, although it may be possible that some of the 65-66 series cars were equipped with 25 lb oil pressure gauges.

These are the same units used in BRC’s

Note, the Gauge at right was found in an NOS box, but appears to have been used.  It appears to have been built using the incorrect rear panel which places the notch in the wrong spot of the housing.  This would be the same back used on an oil pressure gauge from an Hupmobile oriented at the 9 o’clock position, so it is odd that this gauge has this mounting flange.

 Bantam Oil Pressure Gauge 1Bantam Oil Pressure Gauge 2Bantam Oil Pressure Gauge 3Bantam Oil Pressure Gauge 4Bantam Oil Pressure Gauge 5

Please use the contact form below if you would like to contribute to the above shopping list or have any questions.