1937 Brewster Buick
This fascinating story begins with Charles Merril Chapin (Founder of Merrill Lynch) calling his friends J.S. Inskip, then owner of the Brewster Coach Company of New York. Charles wanted to have a custom limousine built for his socialite wife Ester, a direct descendant of George Washington. Built on a Ford chassis and running gear the front end was completely redesigned by Inskip. It was delivered to Ms. Chapin on 6-1-35. She thought is was outrageous and gaudy and demanded Charles send it back, and he did. Charles asked, “What car pleases you?” She waited until she spotted a 1936 Buick. “ I like that!”
A 1937 Buick chassis was ordered and delivered Brewster, Inskip removed the Coach from the Ford frame and placed it on the Buick. The car was delivered in maroon with black fenders as you see it today.
Ester nicknamed the car, “Miss Daisy”. Brewster Coach Works folded in 1938. When Ester died in 1959, Inskip advertised the car for sale in his 1959 brochure. Several noteworthy collectors have owned the car. Ross Parsons to ‘03. John Ritchie ‘08. The car was accepted to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 2008 in the L-1 Prewar Preservation. The entire coach is original.
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