Brewster automobiles were an outgrowth of the famous Brewster & Co. carriage builders. They produced a series of exclusive and meticulously constructed cars, powered by Knight sleeve-valve four-cylinder engines, between 1915 and 1925. Eventually, Brewster was absorbers into Rolls-Royce America, Inc.
This car was initially purchased by Mrs. H.D. Auchincloss Sr., of Newport, R.I., the wife of a deceased merchant and financier. Mrs. Auchincloss (Emma Brewster Jennings) was the daughter of Oliver Jennings, a founding investor of the Standard Oil Company. Her son, H.D. Auchincloss's third wife, was Janet Lee Bouvier, the mother of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
The car was eventually acquired by Donald Cardwell in 1939, and remained in his possession until his passing, in 2009. It was then purchased by the current owner; to date, it has traveled a mere 26,510 miles. It is un-restored, including its original paint, engine and exhaust system. It is powered by a 50 horsepower Knight sleeve-valve four-cylinder engine and is distinguished by an oval radiator.
The cars were quite popular in the New York City area with prices exceeding $10,000. Brewster owners included American aristocracy such as E.F. Hutton, Louis Comfort Tiffany, and J.P. Morgan. Very little changed from the time the company began production in 1915 to when production was suspended in 1925. It is one of 473 Brewsters produced, of which approximately 30 survive. This is the only double enclosed drive example known to exist.Also photographed at :