Raymond H. Dietrich founded the American coachbuilding firm, Dietrich Inc. The name would later be changed to Raymond H. Dietrich and finally Ray Dietrich Inc.

Ray's career began at Brewster in New York. While at Brewster, he honed his talents and continued to build his skill. He met Tom Hibbard, another Brewster employee, and together they began planning a business venture together. The planning was done in their free time; when the Brewster Company learned of this, the duo was fired. This accelerated their plans and left them short of cash.

They put the money they did have into a prominent location. They chose a spot in New York City, at 2 Columbus Circle, in which to start their design firm, which they called LeBaron Carrossiers, because the name sounded French and prestigious. The design studio was just that - a design studio. The construction of the vehicles was done at other places.

Soon after the Design Studio opened their doors for business, they were approached by Ralph Roberts from Brewster who was looking for work. Dietrich and Hibbard appreciated his talents and offered him a one-third partnership in the business. In the years to come, both Dietrich and Hibbard left the company they formed to for other opportunities. This left Roberts in charge of the company. A Detroit based firm named Briggs acquired the LeBaron Company in 1927. Briggs had a well established list of clientele that included marques such as Ford, Chrysler, Hudson and Overland. These connections allowed LeBaron's business to flourish and prosper. Soon, they had attracted work from Cadillac, Pierce Arrow, and Lincoln.

Eventually, Tom Hibbard went to Paris with the intent of establishing a European base of operations for LeBaron Inc. While in Europe, he formed a relationship with Howard 'Dutch' Darrin, and the two created Hibbard and Darrin. The business relationship between Hibbard and Dietrich ended.

At the New York Auto Salon, Dietrich had met Edsel Ford. The relationship would prosper into business opportunities for Dietrich. After a prosperous time between Edsel and Dietrich, Edsel wanted to bring the coachbuilding business in-house where it could be better supervised. he encouraged Murray, who was Ford's largest body building firm at the time, to approach Hibbard and Dietrich. Because of the relationship Dietrich had with Briggs, Dietrich decided to sever his business relationships with Briggs and form his own company, Dietrich Inc.

Dietrich Inc. became the design arm of Murray. The elegant designs attracted many prominent customers such as Packard. After 1933, all open Packard's were designed by Dietrich.
Vehicles Associated With Dietrich
1952 Lincoln Derham Town Car
1950 Lincoln Presidential Limousine
1939 Packard 1708 Twelve
1938 Packard 1605 Super Eight
1938 Packard 1608 Twelve
1938 Packard 1607 Twelve
1937 Packard 1508 Twelve
1937 Packard 120
1937 Packard 1507 Twelve
1937 Lincoln Model K
1936 Packard Model 1408
1936 Packard Model 1407 Twelve
1936 Packard Model 1405 Super Eight
1935 Packard Twelve
1934 Packard 1104 Super Eight
1934 Packard 1108 Twelve
1934 Lincoln Model KB Series 271
1934 Packard Twelve
1934 Packard 1107 Twelve
1934 Packard 1105 Super Eight
1933 Packard 1006 Twelve
1933 Lincoln Model KA Series 511
1933 Packard 1004 Super Eight
1933 Lincoln Model KB
1933 Packard 1005 Twelve
1933 Packard 1002 Standard Eight
1932 Packard Model 906 Twin Six
1932 Lincoln Model KB
1932 Packard Model 904 DeLuxe Eight
1932 Packard Model 905 Twin Six
1931 Packard Model 845
1931 Duesenberg Model J
1931 Packard Model 840 DeLuxe Eight
1931 Lincoln Model K
1931 Packard Model 833 Standard Eight
1931 Franklin Series 15
1930 Franklin Series 147
1930 Packard 745 Deluxe Eight
1930 Lincoln Model L
1929 Packard 645 Deluxe Eight
1929 Lincoln Model L
1928 Chrysler Series 80
1928 Packard 443 Eight
1928 Lincoln Model L
1927 Lincoln Model L
1926 Lincoln Model L