The 40BRC was developed from the Bantam Blitz Buggy. It was equipped with the Continental BY 4112, 4 cylinder, T-head engine that produced 45hp at 3500rpm. With a gross weight of 2600 pounds, its performance suffered in comparison to the Willys MA. A few four wheel steering units were produced (about 30 to 50). Because it was judged unable to maintain production quotas, Bantam never made another jeep, but was contracted to produce the MBT quarter ton trailer until the end of the war.