Hershey's Coolest Car: 1934 Brewster

Casey Maxon

November 12, 2013

The Hershey Auto Show always attracts a wide collection of memorable cars, and this year was no exception. But last month, one of the standout classics in Chocolate Town had to be this un-restored 1934 Brewster Enclosed-Drive Sedan. Check out what owner Don Weir had to say about the amazing history of this crowd-stopping automobile.

Brewster Body Ford

While you occasionally come across one of the roughly 135 known Ford-based Brewsters with their iconic heart-shaped grilles, it’s not every day you find one retaining its original finishes and owned by the same person for over 50 years.

While the Hershey Auto Show field was scattered with interesting marques and compelling stories, this well-preserved Brewster couldn’t escape our attention. Spotting the car by chance on used car lot in Pennsylvania, Don Weir immediately fell in love with the car and purchased the vehicle in 1963.

Known in the 1800s as the “Carriage Builders to American Gentlemen,” Brewster, based in Long Island City, New York, and subsequently purchased by Rolls-Royce of America of Springfield, Massachusetts, began producing its own Ford-based cars after Rolls ceased stateside production during the Great Depression. In a decision thought to be more suited for the economic state of the period, Brewster purchased Ford chassis over the next three years and built a luxury economy car of sorts. The cars were registered as Brewsters and sold in Rolls-Royce dealerships until a 1936 court ordered liquidation of Springfield Manufacturing Corporation forced an end to operations.

Brewster Grill

The car was designed by former Rolls-Royce designer Carl Beck and is most notable for its iconic heart-shaped grille. While the majority of Brewsters carried a $3,500 price tag and were placed on a V-8 Ford chassis, custom bodied cars were built for the ultra elite. Many celebrities and well-known industrial moguls owned the cars, including Edsel Ford.

Weir’s Enclosed-Drive Sedan features nicks and scrapes that Weir explains as “the patina that describes the use of the car and how it lived from its beginning until right now.”

Comments

  1. jordan Norwalk Ct

    We have been to the AACA fall meet every year for the last 12 years and while there are many absolutely beautiful cars in that show field on saturday,this Brewster was a car that Im sure nobody casually strolled past.The front of this car practically demands you stop and take a look.Only at Hershey.......

  2. Len Dunlop Naperville, IL

    I really enjoy the classics.

  3. Don Weir York, PA

    Thanks to all who enjoy seeing our Brewsters. This is what makes the efforts all worth while. The reward of showing our cars is not our recognition but the attention and recognition that these rare cars receive. We have found that many avid car enthusiasts have never heard of Brewster and many more have never seen one. We thoroughly enjoy introducing them to this great "coach built" marque. THANKS TO ALL. Don & Diane Weir

  4. Jim Rohn Scottsdale, AZ 85260

    I saw this car a few years ago at the weekly Scottsdale Pavilions car show, awesome time capsule, glad they brought it out and glad I got to see it in person