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Biographical entry Bandt, Lewis Thornett (1910 - 1987)

Automotive engineer


Lewis Bandt, a long standing employee of the Ford Motor Company, was the first person to design the "ute". The utility was designed in 1933 while he was working at Ford's Geelong plant. Sadly he was killed in a road accident while driving his fully restored 1933 coupe utility to the filming of a documentary about the development of the utility.

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State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection

  • Lewis Thornett Bandt - Records, 1910 - 1987, MS 11178; State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection. Details

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See also

McCarthy, G.J.