This Ford prototype had a body built by the Budd Corporation, which stayed closer in design to the Bantam pilot model, while the Ford engineers created a new design for the Pygmy. Perhaps Ford wanted this vehicle as a fall-back if the Army rejected its new design. At any rate, the Pygmy was indeed accepted for the tests at Camp Holabird, and the only significant action seen by the Budd-bodied prototype was in parades and war bond rallies. Shortly after the war, it disappeared until found in the California desert by the late Jeff Polidoro in 1998. It joins the Pygmy as one of the only two surviving 1940 pilot models, and since this photo was taken it has been restored. (Todd Paisley)
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