Shimano Bantam

What does it mean when we say "pilot", "prototype" and other terms related to the early jeep?  This article briefly describes the terms and will help the reader understand their meaning.

Pilots - The Bantam BRC ("1"), Ford Pygmy, Ford Budd and Willys Quad were all pilot models.  Pilot models were required to be tested and accepted prior to production of the contracted order.  The Budd was not accepted or tested by the US Army and was returned to Ford.

Engineering Models or Educational Order - The Bantam BRC-60's were the vehicles produced after the Bantam pilot was approved for production.  An engineering or educational order was used to test the merit of the proposed product. The vehicle produced also tested the ability of the contractor to deliver the contracted item.

Prototypes - The Bantam BRC-40, Ford GP and Willys MA  were prototypes of the later standardized vehicle.  Each company was awarded an order for 1500 vehicles. Bantam and Ford produced more than 1500 as requirements increased and the war in Europe progressed.  The prototypes were models "rushed" into production and widely tested.  Willys only produced 1500 vehicles because they experienced difficulty in obtaining approval of their pilot model.

Standardized -  The Willys MB and the Ford GPW were the standardized "jeeps" of World War Two. The US Army wanted to standardized on one vehicle, reducing the logistical support obligations to one vehicle instead of three very different vehicles.  Willys was awarded the contract for the first 16,000 "standardized" 1/4-tons.  Subsequently, the Quartermaster Corps negotiated with Ford to be an alternate supplier of the Willys MB.  It was known as the Ford GPW.

Willys-Overland had the primary contract and built the majority of 1/4-tons (Model MB) for the war. 

About the Author

Find Shimano Bantam On eBay Below:

SHIMANO BANTAM 300 S G CASTING REEL
SHIMANO BANTAM 300 S G CASTING REEL
$20.00
Vintage Shimano Bantam Mag 10X SG Baitcasting Reel with Backlash Control
Vintage Shimano Bantam Mag 10X SG Baitcasting Reel with Backlash Control
$40.00
Shimano Bantam Coriolis 200 in Box
Shimano Bantam Coriolis 200 in Box
$35.00
shimano bantam bass one mag reel b1 rm
shimano bantam bass one mag reel b1 rm
$9.99
VINTAGE SHIMANO BANTAM CRESTFIRE CR 200B BAITCASTING FISHING REEL NICE SHAPE
VINTAGE SHIMANO BANTAM CRESTFIRE CR 200B BAITCASTING FISHING REEL NICE SHAPE
$9.99
Shimano Bantam 100 with Boca Bearings and Carbon Drag
Shimano Bantam 100 with Boca Bearings and Carbon Drag
$49.95
Vintage Shimano Bantam IOX SG Casting Reel Fresh Water Fishing
Vintage Shimano Bantam IOX SG Casting Reel Fresh Water Fishing
$39.99
Shimano Bantam BassOneMag B1 RM Baitcasting Reel
Shimano Bantam BassOneMag B1 RM Baitcasting Reel
$24.99
Shimano Bantam Curado B51 Fishing Reel CU200B5 5 Ball Bearings
Shimano Bantam Curado B51 Fishing Reel CU200B5 5 Ball Bearings
$51.05
Shimano Bantam Magnumlite BG X2200SG Fishing Reel
Shimano Bantam Magnumlite BG X2200SG Fishing Reel
$15.00
2 Shimano Bantam BassOne Mag Baitcasting Reel Bl LM LH Ex
2 Shimano Bantam BassOne Mag Baitcasting Reel Bl LM LH Ex
$89.99
Shimano Bantam Black Magnum 100GT Level Wind Reel
Shimano Bantam Black Magnum 100GT Level Wind Reel
$14.99
SHIMANO BANTAM MAGNUMLITE BG X1550SG REEL USED WORKS FINE RIGHT HANDED
SHIMANO BANTAM MAGNUMLITE BG X1550SG REEL USED WORKS FINE RIGHT HANDED
$29.99
SHIMANO BANTAM CITICA CI 100 RIGHT HANDED BAITCASTING REEL
SHIMANO BANTAM CITICA CI 100 RIGHT HANDED BAITCASTING REEL
$49.95
Vintage Shimano Bantam Mag 10X SG Baitcasting Reel with Backlash Control
Vintage Shimano Bantam Mag 10X SG Baitcasting Reel with Backlash Control
$22.95
Shimano Bantam Speed Master BFM 2201 WFS Casting Reel
Shimano Bantam Speed Master BFM 2201 WFS Casting Reel
$42.25
SHIMANO BANTAM MAGNUMLITE BSM 2200FS SUPER HIGH SPEED 61 PRODUCT OF JAPAN REEL
SHIMANO BANTAM MAGNUMLITE BSM 2200FS SUPER HIGH SPEED 61 PRODUCT OF JAPAN REEL
$41.80
Shimano Bantam Scorpion 2000 BAIT CASTING REEL Form JAPAN003
Shimano Bantam Scorpion 2000 BAIT CASTING REEL Form JAPAN003
$61.00
USED SHIMANO PART Bantam Magnumlite Speedmaster 2200W SG Idle Gear
USED SHIMANO PART Bantam Magnumlite Speedmaster 2200W SG Idle Gear
$3.95
USED SHIMANO PART Bantam Magnumlite Speedmaster 2200W SG Drive Gear
USED SHIMANO PART Bantam Magnumlite Speedmaster 2200W SG Drive Gear
$14.95
USED SHIMANO PART Bantam Magnumlite Speedmaster 2200W SG Spool Bearings
USED SHIMANO PART Bantam Magnumlite Speedmaster 2200W SG Spool Bearings
$9.95
USED SHIMANO PART Bantam Magnumlite Speedmaster 2200W SG Star Drag
USED SHIMANO PART Bantam Magnumlite Speedmaster 2200W SG Star Drag
$7.95
USED SHIMANO PART Bantam Magnumlite Speedmaster 2200W SG Magnetic Control Assm
USED SHIMANO PART Bantam Magnumlite Speedmaster 2200W SG Magnetic Control Assm
$7.95
USED SHIMANO PART Bantam Magnumlite Speedmaster 2200W SG Drive Shaft
USED SHIMANO PART Bantam Magnumlite Speedmaster 2200W SG Drive Shaft
$9.95
USED SHIMANO PART Bantam Magnumlite Speedmaster 2200W SG Anti Reverse Pawl
USED SHIMANO PART Bantam Magnumlite Speedmaster 2200W SG Anti Reverse Pawl
$5.95
USED SHIMANO PART Bantam Magnumlite Speedmaster 2200W SG Assembly Screws
USED SHIMANO PART Bantam Magnumlite Speedmaster 2200W SG Assembly Screws
$9.95
USED SHIMANO PART Bantam Magnumlite Speedmaster 2200W SG Levelwind Guard
USED SHIMANO PART Bantam Magnumlite Speedmaster 2200W SG Levelwind Guard
$6.95
USED SHIMANO PART Bantam Magnumlite Speedmaster 2200W SG Worm Shaft
USED SHIMANO PART Bantam Magnumlite Speedmaster 2200W SG Worm Shaft
$9.95
USED SHIMANO PART Bantam Magnumlite Speedmaster 2200W SG Magnetic Control Dial
USED SHIMANO PART Bantam Magnumlite Speedmaster 2200W SG Magnetic Control Dial
$4.95
USED SHIMANO PART Bantam Magnumlite Speedmaster 2200W SG Ratchet
USED SHIMANO PART Bantam Magnumlite Speedmaster 2200W SG Ratchet
$5.95
USED SHIMANO PART Bantam Magnumlite Speedmaster 2200W SG Line Guide
USED SHIMANO PART Bantam Magnumlite Speedmaster 2200W SG Line Guide
$9.95
USED SHIMANO PART Bantam Magnumlite Speedmaster 2200W SG Handle
USED SHIMANO PART Bantam Magnumlite Speedmaster 2200W SG Handle
$19.95


Recently Purchased Shimano Bantam:


shimano bantam citica ci100 right handed baitcasting reel, shimano bantam 500 fishing reel made in japan lot3215, fishing reel marked shimano bantam 1000 made in japan, shimano bantam citica ci201 left handed baitcasting reel, vintage shimano bantam 400 baitcasting reel in excellent working condition , shimano bantam crestfire cr100 baitcasting reel, shimano bantam chronarch 100 , vintage shimano bantam magnumlite bsm1551b bait casting reel repair or parts , vintage shimano bantam brushbuster10 flipping reel, shimano bantam magnumlite 2000gt baitcasting fishing reel made in japan, shimano bantam crestfire cr100 baitcast reel baitcasting, vintage shimano bantam black magnum 101 gt in the box excellent condition , shimano bantam magnumlite bsm2200fs speedmaster 61 japan vintage, nice shimano bantam bmag 1000 baitcasting reel made in japan, nice shimano bantam 100 baitcasting reel made in japan, shimano bantam bass one mag b1rm level wind reel, shimano black bantam magnum 100, shimano bantam curado 200 baitcasting reel cu200 excellent jigging reel, shimano bantam curado cu200s, vintage shimano bantam mag 1000 sg new in the box rare to find nib , shimano bantam chromica fishing reel, vintage shimano bantam magnumlite 2200 fs in the box excellent condition , vintage shimano bantam 1000 sg new in the box excellent condition , shimano chronarch bantam 100 cleaned amp; serviced, shimano bantam 500 vintage reel, shimano bantam chromica cm200, shimano bantam curado 200b 50, shimano bantam magnumlite 2000gt bait casting reel classic, shimano bantam 300 rare edition excellent , shimano bantampro bantam pro mag iii 100 xsg baitcast reel excellent, shimano bantam chronarch 100 baitcasting reel free shipping, vintage shimano bantam crestfire cr200b baitcasting fishing reel nice shape , vintage shimano bantam mag plus graphite fishing reel japan, shimano bantam black magmum bkm100 rhquick spool realse mag controol backleash, lk shimano curado bantam cu100b baitcaster vintage in excellent shape, shimano bmag 1000 baitcasting reel bantam, shimano bantam pro mag 100x sg gold, shimano bantam curado cu201 fishing reel made in japan, shimano bmag 1001 bantam ball bearing magnetic control system, shimano bantam mag plus 250sg precision centered spool, shimano bantam mag bait casting reel, shimano bantam 10 sg bait casting fishing reel



Recent Reel Searches...

10XFG Bantam shimano reel ,shimano bantam 50 level wind reel ,SHIMANO BANTAM MODELS ,shimano chromica cm-200

Comments are closed.