1936 Brewster Ford Town Car

Economic and social pressure sunk the market for luxury town cars during the Great Depression but Brewster found a new market for its coachbuilt bodies on a most improbable chassis, the Ford V-8. Built to Brewster's consistently high standards of construction, fit, finish and appointments, the 112 inch wheelbase Brewster’s of 1934-36 were exceptionally adaptable to use in densely populated, congested urban areas although only just over a hundred appear to have been built. Anonymity was not their strong point, however. Some talented designer within Brewster came up with one of the most gorgeous, distinctive front ends even put on any automobile, a swept-back heart-shaped grille flanked by delicately curved bumpers that instantly identifies these few important examples of the end of the coachbuilt era in America. This 1936 Brewster-Ford Town Car is a beautifully restored older example, a CCCA National First Prize winner that was featured in Automobile Quarterly (volume 7, #3). In addition to its distinctive grille the black body's passenger compartment is accented by applied white canework, a rear-mounted spare and folding luggage rack. Black wire wheels have whitewall tires. The chauffeur's compartment roof is removable making the car adaptable both to formal use in town and, when fully enclosed, touring in all-weather condition. The rear compartment is fully appointed with jump seats, a sliding division window, intercom, mirrors, smokers' kits, a center armrest, Jaeger clock, and rear window shade. This is a high quality older restoration that was done right at the time and shows the quality and care that went into both the original Brewster coachwork and the restoration. A CCCA Full Classic (tm), it is instantly recognized as one of the most admired and distinctive front end designs ever created. Its Ford chassis and drivetrain make it easily and economically maintained. It's a hard combination to beat.

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