December 14, 1940

Original Source Documents:   October 9, 1940 - QM 451 (Proc. 398-41-9), F. H. Fenn, American Bantam, to Lt. Col. J. Van Ness Ingram, Purchasing and Contracting Officer, Holabird

Contributor:    Bill Norris

Source:  Lt. Colonel Dow's collection, Detroit Library




Executive Offices


Butler, Pa.


October 9, 1940


Major J. Van Ness Ingram

Holabird Quartermaster Depot

Baltimore, Maryland


Contract #W-398-qm-8269


Dear Major:


Pursuant to my letter of October 4, 1940 it which I quoted you prices on Bantam cars, I know you will be glad to hear that we already found very material savings, which, it seems, now will enable us to reduce the price of the first lot of cars by, roughly, $50.00 a car.


Of course, as I mentioned in my letter, the prices I quoted you were prices assembled under pressure, without sufficient opportunity to enable us to shop the market properly.


I would like to reiterate, Major, that on such orders, our books and records are open to your auditors at all times, so that you may be assured that every penny we are able to save will be passed on to you.


Cordially yours,


FENN (signed)


President and

General Manager


Frank H. Fenn/cs

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