- In the picture, we have a round nose BRC-60 in front of a later Bantam BRC-40. Note the rear fuel tank cap on the passenger side.
Okay, sorry, this has nothing to do with Valentines Day 1943. This is really about surplussing jeeps during WW2. The jeeps that were released were examples of the first 60 produced and also some pre-standardized jeeps like the Ford GP.
An article appeared in the St. Petersburg Times – Sep 24, 1943 dealing with the concerns over military supplies and the surplus expected when the war ended. The Army was concerned with surplusing equipment at this stage of the war. According to the Army to many people thought the war was just about over. Various business concerns and farmers would be able to apply priority to purchase used equipment.
The January 3, 1944 issue of Life magazine had an article that covered surplus sales to Berg of Chicago. He would go on to become the “king” of surplus jeep and parts after the war. What is interesting is that he obtained several of the early Bantam’s for sale. Early as in the first order! Check out the pictures in What Became of the Bantam Round Nose BRCs?