A fancied-up, limo-style four-door with a convertible front section and a privacy divider, the Town Car wasn't actually made by Ford. While built on a Ford chassis, it was modified and bodied by Brewster & Company, a coachbuilding business from Long Island, New York.
Established in 1810 as a carriage manufacturer, Brewster entered the automobile market in 1905, when it began importing Dlaunay-Belleville cars in the US. In 1914, the company started supplying bodies for Rolls-Royce luxury cars sold in North America. The British eventually acquired Brewster in 1925 and owned it until the early 1930s.
The company went bankrupt during the Great Depression and was liquidated in 1937. But before that happened, Brewster built over 100 custom vehicles based on the Ford Model 18 chassis. A few inches longer than the regular 1934 Ford, the Brewster Town car also featured a unique, heart-shaped front grille, larger bumpers, and restyled front fenders.
Brewster reportedly bodied about 135 chassis between 1934 and 1935, but only 83 got the Town Car configuration. And according to a registry put together by owners, only 26 of them are known to still exist. And that's why stumbling upon an example that spent decades in storage is spectacular, to say the least.
Discovered by YouTube's "Classic Car Rescue," this gorgeous and decidedly unique emerged out of storage after a whopping 20 years. And even though it's covered in a thick layer of dust, it's still in excellent condition, only a few repairs away from becoming road-worthy. Impressively enough, it's still wearing the black paint job it got at the Brewster factory almost 90 years ago (as of 2023).
The four-door still relies on a "Flathead" V8, but it's not the original mill. Our host says it's a more recent version and mentions the year 1959, which is inaccurate since the "Flathead" was discontinued in 1953. But we could be looking at Ford's 255-cubic-inch (4.2-liter) version from 1948 to 1953.
Either way, it's a fantastic, fully documented survivor that needs to get back on the road and hit the classic auto show tour. Especially since the Brewster Town Car is the only classic Ford designated by the Classic Car Club of America. Check it out in the video below.