Buick Roadmaster Town Car

As the Great Depression took its toll on America’s coachbuilders, the renowned firm of Brewster & Co. came under the control of J.S. Inskip, formerly head of Rolls-Royce of America. Inskip reasoned that coachbuilt bodies for low-priced chassis might be a better strategy for the times, so he conceived a product line based on the Ford V8.

The Brewster Ford line included town cars, limousines, convertible sedans and roadsters. Bodies were very similar to styles Brewster had built on Rolls Phantom II chassis, but the front featured flying fenders, a split art-deco bumper and a distinctive heart-shaped grille, all apparently penned by Inskip himself. Inskip promoted them extensively, placing cars with celebrities such as Al Jolson, Vincent Astor, Fred Waring and Cole Porter. Porter was so pleased with his that he added the words “you’re a Brewster body” to the lyrics of “You’re the Top.” Some customers, however, preferred different chassis, and a few disliked the flying fenders and heart-shaped grilles. Thus, a very few of the bodies found their way to other makes, most of them transplanted from earlier Fords.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in July of 2010 at the Shotwell Gustafson Pavilion at Meadow Brook Hall, Rochester, Michigan.

120 bhp, 320.2 cu. in. OHV inline eight-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission, coil spring independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 131"

Source: RM auctions

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