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The Coca-Cola Bottling Baby American Austin

This cute little American Austin “Bottling Baby” may have been one of a batch that were made up for the Baltimore Coca-Cola Bottling Co. salesman to make their sales calls. This car is numbered twenty-eight on the cowl and the little roller skate would have been the perfect car to draw additional attention to the product. A great many of these cars were used for just that purpose, for sales or deliveries as they were a great little conversation-starter.

The three-tone paint job is further accentuated by what appears to be black top material on the middle portion of the roof. On it is the Coca-Cola logo and towards the front of it, appears to be lettered the “Bottling Baby”, no doubt painted there to get further attent-ion from occupants of the tall building in the city of Baltimore.

You can also see four other American-Austins here on our pages. The Old Motor photo.

2 responses to “The Coca-Cola Bottling Baby American Austin

  1. This was American Austin’s “Special Delivery” model (later cataloged as the “Business Coupe”). Unlike the more common five-window “Cabin Coupe”, which had a bench seat for two passengers, this three-window “Special Delivery” had only a single bucket seat for the driver. The remaining space beside and behind the driver was wrapped with a short metal skirt in which small packages and parcels could be kept from rolling around inside the car. The three-window model was officially cataloged only for the 1930-31 model years, but period photographs indicate they could be special ordered from the factory until all production ended in December 1934. When the company reorganized to produce the American Bantam, rivlas Coca-Cola and Pepsi-Cola were among the company’s first fleet buyers. Coca-Cola operated several Bantam tractor-trailer units to deliver Coke in bottles, and a special “Carton Truck” was built for Pepsi. The “Carton Truck” looked like a standard Bantam pickup, but the bed was replaced with a 7-foot-tall six-pack carton, complete with six Pepsi bottles, all built of aluminum. At the rear of the six-pack were two doors, one above the other. Actual six-packs of Pepsi were carried behind the lower door , and promotional brochures and fliers were carried behind the upper door. For more information on American Austins, visit http://www.austinbantamclub.com .

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