Jump to content

Searching for Ownership History


Guest

Recommended Posts

I'm trying to learn the ownership history of my 1937 Buick Roadmaster Brewster Limousine, VIN# 3027807, which was the only Brewster-bodied Buick ever built. Any information or suggestions would be greatly appreciated...email me at rossparsons@hotmail.com

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Bob ~ If in fact there was only one Brewster Buick ever built, it has to be the same one. I remember seeing it there at least 20 years ago.

I have checked the AACA award winner's book, but cannot determine anything from what is in there. I believe AACA would have listed it as a Buick [brewster bodied] and not as a Brewster, but I could be wrong on that. Anyway, there are a bunch of 1937 Buicks listed, so I am at a standstill on that route to identification unless we have the name of some former owner who won with that car.

hvs

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Sunsetblvd, I will e-mail you directly with some information. I have a note in my copy of "Seventy Years of Buick" with the name of the owner of a Brewster-bodied Buick. I believe that the car is also included in a wonderful group photograph of vintage Buicks used in some nicely-done promotional literature that Buick prepared in 1978 for its 75th anniversary.

The car I am thinking of carried standard Buick front-end sheetmetal, and was built in a town car style with open chauffer's compartment.

I believe, however, that there were a number of Buicks built with Brewster bodies, some of which carried Brewster's distinctive heart-shaped grille treatment. I recall having seen photographs of a 1940 version. The heart front cars, which are evidently recognized as true classics, may have been titled as Brewsters rather than as Buicks. Can anyone offer additional information about these cars? If I am not mistaken, the heart front bodies were also built in greater numbers on Ford chassis. Is this correct?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Centurion ~ I believe you are correct that there was more than one Brewster bodied Buick built. The one I saw at Hershey 20 years ago had the Brewster heart shaped grill. In fact, I believe I judged that car at that time.

hvs

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Thanks for all the fast help on this...the car is pictured in "Seventy Years of Buick" by George Dammann, where it is described as the only one actually built. I purchased the car from the estate of the late Russ Jackson (co-founder of the Barrett-Jackson Auction) and was told he had owned the car for quite some time. I've heard that he may have purchased the car in Flint, Michigan but can't confirm that. I have also seen a photo of the car on another website which appears to have been taken at some outdoor show...the link is http://www.buickgod.com/picturelist.html?ID=1393

Thanks again for your help and your interest...

Ross

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I, too, remember the Brewster Buick, with the heart shapped grill, at Hershey a few years ago. I probably took a picture or two, but finding them at this point would be tremendous task. I have the "Damman 70 Years of Buick" and see the picture of the '37 Brewster Buick you mentioned within. Please note the '40 Brewster Buick shown in the same book. This is similar to the one I remember seeing at Hershey. Sorry, Bob, I don't remember the canework. Note that the '40 is on a Limited 90 chassis and reference is made that "A few other such models were turned out on Buick chassis this year, but this is the only one to use the Limited 90 chassis."

Now, if I can find my book of automobiles from the Harrah Collection in the '60s, I may find another I seem to recall seeing in his Reno display. I guess if there, it could be the same one in Damman's book and maybe at Hershey.

Regardless, A Brewster Buick is rare, and truly a fine example of coachwork.

Chuck

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I was showing my wife the picture of the '40 Brewster Buick in the Damman book and discovered in the background of the picture; the Hershey Chocolate factory <img src="http://www.aaca.org/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />. Now Howard and Bob, what field was this taken on?? It appears to me to be on the side of the stadium where the maintenance building is now or on the old Blue field. Agree?? (But,it's not during the show because several newer cars are also in the picture) Maybe one of our Hershey area residents can comment on that. Anyway, it explains why 3 of us remember seeing at the big show.

Chuck

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Chuck ~ In the mid '60s the show field for the "newer" cars was inside of a chain link fenced area between the old Blue Field and the Ice Arena. I displayed my '41 Cadillac for judging in that area several times in that era.

At that time the old [brass era] cars were still located within the stadium.

I also recall that in that era, AACA members were allowed to park in the area outside of the show field near the ticket windows of the stadium. That in itself was a pretty good show because it was mostly filled by member's cars which were too new for judging as was my '41 Cadillac in 1964. It got inside the fence in 1965 or 1966.

That may have been the area where the picture was taken which would explain some of the "newer" cars.

hvs

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
×
×
  • Create New...