They were American made.......
Good little cars IMO as I love tiny vehicles .
I was only 13 or 14 years old at the time, and of course, there being no internet,
I did not know and could not care less.
The motor was tiny, the battery was larger.
The reason my uncle gave it to me was that he thought I could learn on it by replacing
the bad rear crankshaft roller bearing it had. We could not find a replacement, but
my friend and I drove it anyway even though it knocked, but never broke anything.
Being an import from England was perhaps the reason we could not get the part we needed.
Cannot recall what happened to that Bantam. After all, It had been more than
60 years, and I have simply had far to many vehicles.
One thing I do recall, it had a tiny button for a clutch petal. Total travel was less than
one inch. It was either fully engaged or disengaged, there being no inbetween.
A four speed with a floor shift; The shifting fork directly from your hand to the gears.
Other 'extras' included a sliding sunroof and leather bucket seats.
This was indeed a very simple car, but it drove, and that is all I cared about then!