Coachwork by LeBaron

Minerva AF
1927 Minerva AF
Chassis number: 56522
Engine number: 56519
Minerva AK
1927 Minerva AK
Chassis number: 56522
Engine number: 56519

Duesenberg Model J
1929 Duesenberg Model J
Chassis number: 2151
Engine number: J-129

Duesenberg Model J
1930 Duesenberg Model J
Chassis number: 2380
Engine number: J362

Packard 745 Deluxe Eight
1930 Packard 745 Deluxe Eight
Chassis number: 184676
Engine number: 184633

Marmon Model 16
1931 Marmon Model 16
Chassis number: 16141-694
Engine number: 16693

Marmon Sixteen
1933 Marmon Sixteen
Chassis number: 16 143 907
Engine number: 16846

Packard 1006 Twelve
1933 Packard 1006 Twelve
Chassis number: 901626
Engine number: 901533
Packard 1006 Twelve
1933 Packard 1006 Twelve
Chassis number: 901471
Engine number: 901473

The history of LeBaron Carrossiers Inc. dates back to 1920. It was founded by two prominent and well known coachbuilders, Thomas L. Hibbard and Raymond Dietrich. The duo established their business at 2 Columbus Circle in New York City. The location was expensive but it did provide the image and prestige they were hoping to ascertain. The name, LeBaron, was chosen because it sounded French and sophisticated.

The New York City office was just that, an office where the design work was done. There were no coachbuilding facilities at this location. This allowed them to segregate their talents from the manufacturer of the chassis and the actual coachbuilding firms.

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.


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