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“Phantom Automobiles” Postcard

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Chris was wondering if anyone knows more about why this postcard describes these vehicles as “Phantoms”, especially when the look more like Ford GPs than Bantam prototypes?

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7 Comments on ““Phantom Automobiles” Postcard

  1. steve iowa

    On reflection, these were the new “mystery” vehicles of the war. might be a name prior to usage of jeep.

    wonder what date of postcard is, that might give a clue. I forgot what some of the other early names of the jeep were.

  2. Barney Goodwin

    steve iowa
    You could be right. At first glance it appears the driver’s left hand in each Jeep rests on top of the steering wheel which I thought would deny your theory. But looking closer, this left hand is actually holding the stock of a rifle – in each Jeep

  3. David Eilers Post author

    Steve, that’s some good detective work; it seems plausible. It’s also better than any theory I had (which was no theory).

  4. Barney Goodwin

    I agree. Theory 2 makes more sense than Theory 1. Definitely early enough to be unnamed. Phantom, Peep, Scout Car, Jeep. I’m sure there’s others.

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