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1940 & 1941 Buick Brunn Bodied Coachwork

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"From whence the Brunn cometh"

Another showroom scene similar to the one provided by TG57Roadmaster.

Who else has owned the 1941 Buick Limited Brunn Town Car and who owns it now?

"Have you seen the 1941 Buick Limited Brunn Town Car ?"

Dave

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1938 Buick Special 4 door sidemounted touring sedan

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Benefits of AACA Membership.

About two weeks ago xp300 added my summary of the Brunn Bodeis Buicks of 1940-41, which likely was the last year any one made custom body Buicks beyond the professional cars.

I thought the summary I provided might spark some interest and questions as to the accuracy of the data.

For those that do not read Hemmings Classic Car and may be interested in Custom coach Buicks, there is an article in this months issue that profiles a 1937 Custom body and Richard Lentinello's editorial refernces a number of other custom coach builders, and specifically a few Buicks.

I would like to engourage that the entire history of Custom Coach Bodied Buick be summarized in one location.

If anyone wants an e-mailed copy of my summary, let me have your e-mail address and I will e-mail you one, so you do not need to extract it for future reference.

John

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Having recently acquired a nearly-complete collection of Special Interest Autos,

here's the sidebar from the SIA #51, June, 1979 piece on the '40 Townmaster.

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attributed, falls under fair use guidelines.

How'd you like to find one of these '41 Roadmaster ragtops?!

TG

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A very good addition from TG57Roadmaster.

jscheib added about a week ago that he would like to encourage that the entire history of Custom Coach Bodied Buick be summarized in one location.

I think his suggestion is a good one.

I will be adding to this thread additional Buick Coach Work photos. I think this is a good place to put it, as this thread has had over 2100 views in less than two (2) months.

Who else has owned the 1941 Buick Limited Brunn Town Car and who owns it now?

"Have you seen the 1941 Buick Limited Brunn Town Car ?"

Dave

BCA 26773

1938 Buick Special 4 door sidemounted touring sedan

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Dave, I sent you a real Brunn photograph of that 1941 Roadmaster convertible; along with a couple of other Brunn photos of the 1941 Limited's. Did you receive them? Earl Beauchamp

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1938 Buick Roadmaster Opera Brougham, Body by Fernandez and Darrin of Paris, France

All photos and info from Concept Carz

This one-of-a-kind Buick Opera Brougham is the creation of the design house of Fernandez and Darrin of Paris, France, and is mounted on the Series 80 Roadmaster chassis. First displayed at the 1938 Paris Auto Salon, it was the property of several proud owners, including the Countess Max de Polaska, of Poland. Powered by a 320-cuibic inch, overhead-valve, inline eight-cylinder engine, the chassis rides on a 140-inch wheelbase. Suspension was independent 'knee-action' coil springs in front and coils in the rear. Top speed for production models was about 80 mph.

This one-off Buick has sweeping early 1930s-style fenders, has no running boards, a very raked windscreen, Marchal lenses, caning, oversized rear-hinged doors and many luxury features in the passenger compartment. There is a proper Buick cowl, bumpers and headlamps.

During the 1990s, the car was given a frame-up, cost-no-object restoration.

In 2009, the car was offered for sale at the Gooding & Company auction held at Pebble Beach, CA. It was expected to sell for $200,000 - $325,000. The lot was sold for the sum of $506,000, including buyer's premium.

Who else has owned the 1941 Buick Limited Brunn Town Car and who owns it now?

"Have you seen the 1941 Buick Limited Brunn Town Car ?"

Dave

BCA 26773

1938 Buick Special 4 door sidemounted touring sedan

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There was a 1938 Buick Fernandez and Darrin of Paris, France shown at the 1971 Buick Club National Homecoming Meet at the Flint factory. My mind tells me it was a cabriolet rather than a sedan. I have a photo of that car in my files, but haven't looked at it.

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1936 Buick Roadmaster Town Car, Body by Brewster and Company

Info from and photos from Concept Carz . First photo is from my library

1936 was the first year that Buick automobiles were identified by model name as well as number with the advent of Special, Century, Roadmaster and Limited. Hydraulic brakes also became standard equipment on the Buicks. America responded well with the new styling and sales began to escalate, tripling the prior year's total.

This 1936 Buick Series 80 Town Car wears coachwork by Brewster and Company. It rides on the chassis of the top-of-the-line Buick Roadmaster platform and fitted with an eight-cylinder OHV engine that produces 120 BHP. It is a one-off design and has been accepted as a Full Classic by the Classic Car Club of America. It won an award at the 2006 Newport Beach Concours d'Elegance and won a preservation class award at the Meadow Brook Concours.

In 2009, this Brewster Town Car was offered for sale at the Gooding & Company auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. The car was estimated to sell for $75,000 - $100,000 and was offered without reserve. The lot was sold for a high bid of $57,200, including buyer's premium.

Who else has owned the 1941 Buick Limited Brunn Town Car and who owns it now?

"Have you seen the 1941 Buick Limited Brunn Town Car ?"

Dave

BCA 26773

1938 Buick Special 4 door sidemounted touring sedan

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Hello Earl.

Yes I did and thank you very much. Two of them I had not seen before. Thank you again.

Who else has owned the 1941 Buick Limited Brunn Town Car and who owns it now?

"Have you seen the 1941 Buick Limited Brunn Town Car ?"

Dave

BCA 26773

1938 Buick Special 4 door sidemounted touring sedan

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1940 Buick 80 Limited, Body by Bohman & Schwartz Phaeton

I found this on the internet. This has been posted in this thread before. I thought it should be re-posted to encourage the continuation of Custom Bodied Buicks in this thread.

This car has also been referred to as the "Shirley Temple Car". It was also owned by Lorin Tryon, former Chairman of The Pebble Beach Concours.

The engine has been replaced with a 1950 Buick Roadmaster Engine of the same size displacement as the original 1940 engine.

Who else has owned the 1941 Buick Limited Brunn Town Car and who owns it now?

"Have you seen the 1941 Buick Limited Brunn Town Car ?"

Dave

BCA 26773

1938 Buick Special 4 door sidemounted touring sedan

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Hello to all.

I have been able to come up with a short list of Custom Body builders that used Buick. The list is not complete and I hope others will add to it.

1932 90 Series Town Car, Murphy Body

1933, 1934, & 1938 Gustat Norberg of Stockholm

1935 D'leteren of Europe

1936 Brewester and Co. Town Car on a Roadmaster Body

1937 Bohman & Schwarts produced an unusual roadster for the Topper movies. The car has been rebuilt twice and now sits on a Chrysler chassis.

1937 A British Sedanca De Ville Body

1937 Carlton Drop Head Coupe

1937 Brewester Town Car on a Limited Body

1938 The Derham Co. of Rosemont, Pa. Designed a Town Car. There are conflicting reports if the cars were ever made.

1938 Fernandez & Darrin of Paris

1939 Carlton

1940 Brewester Co Town Car

1940 Brunn Townmaster

1941 Brunn

I'm certain ther are others so please add if you can.

Dave

BCA 26773

1938 Buick Special 4 door sidemounted touring sedan

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1940 Buick Brewster & Co. Town Car

This is one Custom Bodied Buick that I have seen personally.

It is owned by Robert Bahre of Paris, Maine. He is the former owner of The New Hampshire International Speedway.

The 1940 Brewster Buick Town Car was built for Mrs. Richard Whitney,

wife of the former president of the New York Stock Exchange. The rear compartment contains

2 crystal bud vases, vanity compartments, 2 fold-up jump seats and a polar bear rug.

Who else has owned the 1941 Buick Limited Brunn Town Car and who owns it now?

"Have you seen the 1941 Buick Limited Brunn Town Car ?"

Dave

BCA 26773

1938 Buick Special 4 door sidemounted touring sedan

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I have a 16x20 inch colored pix of the '40 Brewster Buick Sedanca deVille hanging in my office. At the time it was owned by Noel Thompson. It is on my bucket list to ride in that car!!!! I better start looking real fast!!!

Dan Marx

Rembert, SC

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Dave, the photo you've shown in connection with the 1932 Murphy Town Car is not correct. Here is the actual car, as shown at the 2003 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, where it won a best in class award. The car is owned by a BCA member who also won the Bulgari award at the Buick Centennial celebration.

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Another addition to your list of custom-bodied Buicks is the following car:

1939 BUICK MODEL 60 DUAL COWL PHAETON "SALOON TOURER"

COACHWORK BY MALTBY

Chassis No. 636816990

Maroon with cream interior

This car was previously displayed at a BCA National Meet, but I do not recall which one. (Actually, it was the Flint Homecoming meet in 1988.) Here is more complete information about the car:

1939 BUICK MODEL 60 DUAL COWL PHAETON "SALOON TOURER" | Christie's

Several years ago, I was surprised to see this remarkably beautiful car traveling on Interstate 5 north of Seattle.

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Here is an image found at the pre-war Buick site, showing a 1939 phaeton with custom coachwork by Glaeser of Dresden, Germany:

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Obviously, many additional coachbuilders utilized the Buick chassis for funeral or professional car service, and that is likely outside the scope of this topic.

Here is a link, however, to one of the 1933 Series 90 cars with a custom body by Bronkhorst, which was located in either Belgium or The Netherlands. This car, which appeared on a recent cover of the Buick Bugle, was displayed at the 2009 Buick National Meet in Colorado Springs.

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Centurion.

Thank you for the correction.

I realized my mistake this morning, was going to correct it, but did you it for me.

Thank you again.

Dave

BCA 26773

1938 Buick Special 4 door side mounted touring sedan

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1932 90 Series Town Car, Murphy Body

This is my original entry on the Murphy Bodied Buick. I removed the entry because of the wrong photo. The correct photo is above as submitted by Centurion.

Another Custom Bodied Buick found on the Internet.

This Buick dates from an era when elaborate coach-built Duesenbergs and Packards were the rides of choice for the discerning upscale automobile buyer. Commissioned by Charles S. Howard (who owned the celebrated racehorse, Sea Biscuit), the car was constructed on stretched Buick chassis by the Murphy Company, one of the foremost coach-builders of the era.

Dave

BCA 26773

1938 Buick Special 4 door side mounted touring sedan

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1939 Buick Special Carlton Drophead Coupe

This car was sold on Ebay in 2005 or 2006. Any one out there that knows for sure.

Dave

BCA 26773

1938 Buick Special 4 door sidemounted touring sedan

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For all:

Add to the list of people who built custom bodies for Buicks during the 1930's the name Bronkhorst in the Netherlands. They built 5 1933 Buicks with custom bodies on a series 90 chassis for a major funeral home in that country.

One of those was at last year's National BCA meet. Big as a small house!

Regards, Dave Corbin

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I've been mining a collection of recently-purchased Special Interest Autos

to add to this growing thread...

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This partially-restored '31 Mayfair-bodied Buick was shown circa 1971.

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Van den Plas is credited with this '32; whether it's the Belgian VdP or Paris is unknown.

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A 1933 bodied by Drauz of Germany.

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Glaser of Germany built this pretty '33.

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Henri Chapron of Paris created this lovely 1934 Buick.

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The Belgian concern of D'Iteren Freres bodied this '35.

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This Carlton-bodied '37 Drophead Coupe has been discussed elsewhere.

TG

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GM International in Copenhagen built this '32 Buick one-off as a design study to show

well-healed customers the company's skills. Using CKD components, they started

with a Buick 90 chassis and its 134" whb and 344.8 cid engine.

Unfortunately, the dramatically-designed sedan has been lost to history.

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TG

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