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50 cars in 50 days, celebrating 50 years of Old Cars: Day Thirty

Old Cars wants to celebrate our 50-year anniversary by bringing you "50 cars in 50 days." Today we offer up a pint-sized 1932 American Austin roadster.

Old Cars is turning 50. In honor of 50 years of the privilege of bringing the old cars hobby to our valued and faithful readers, Old Cars will revisit 50 of our past featured cars in 50 days, to commemorate the half-century of Old Cars. Here's to fifty more years of Old Cars!

DAY THIRTY: 1932 American Austin roadster


Back in the mid-1970s, Bob Cunningham came up with a unique way for choosing a car and charting his course in the old car hobby. The Des Moines, Ia., resident was no stranger to the world of old cars – he bought his first car, a 1936 Chevy, at the age of 15, and went on to own a 1927 Willys and ’52 Packard, so he hasn’t played favorites when it came to picking cars.

But being a bit of a bantamweight himself, Cunningham started to think maybe he needed to match his cars to his own stature. “Well, at time I was 120 lbs., and if I had a dead battery or broke down on the road, that was a lot weight to push around,” he said. “I decided to make a list of all the aesthetic qualities I wanted in a car, and then try to find them in the smallest car possible. That’s what led me to buy my first Bantam roadster in 1976.”


The Cunninghams have gone on to immerse themselves in the quirky, undersized world of Bantams and American-Austins and have served as the editors for the American Austin Bantam Club News publication for many years. They have both become authorities on the history of their favorite little cars and are the proud owners 1932 American Austin roadster.

 To learn more about the Cunninghams' American Austin <CLICK HERE>


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