|1913 Pierce-Arrow with Brewster Limousine body|
|1914 Mercedes with same Brewster Limo body (photo credit: sportscardigest.com)|
The car seen here is a 1913 Pierce-Arrow (I believe it’s a model 48-B-1 with 142 inch wheel base). The body looks to be a Brewster Limousine. It is known that Brewster bodied a Pierce-Arrow sometime after 1911 with a Limo body for M.W. Leeds (body No. 155). I believe it may be the car pictured here, as Brewster appears to have only bodied one Pierce-Arrow prior to 1918. The 1914 Mercedes is shown for reference as it wears a known Brewster Limo body from 1914 and the details of the two bodies are strikingly similar. 1913 was an interesting year for Pierce-Arrow, as it was the year prior to the introduction of the fender-mounted headlights. It was also the year they introduced a starter (compressed air powered) – they would move to an electric starter in 1914.
I’ve been unable to locate any information on M.W. Leeds. Further, I don’t have any information on the 1913 PA License plate No. 30727. However, my real curiosity is related to the bright work on this car being painted – has anyone seen this treatment before?