|Rolls-Royce Phantom I Brewster Derby (chassis S244KR?)|
Here's a look at three Springfield-built Rolls-Royce Phantom I's at the 1958 Glidden Tour. After looking at these photos carefully, it's apparent that these are three different cars. Dad had suspected that the Brewster Ascot might be Dr. Charles Dufton's car, however it doesn't appear to be so. Looking back it's amazing to see two Brewster Derby Speedsters and an Ascot on the same tour! Brewster & Co. is said to have only bodied 5 Springfield Phantom I chassis with the Derby coachwork originally (4 are said to survive) and only 28 with Ascot touring coachwork.
It's possible that one of these cars is chassis S244KR owned around this time by C.N. Melhinch of New Jersey, but not I'm not certain of this. If any knows who owned these cars at the time, please leave me a message.
UPDATE: Dad believes that the last car shown - the Ascot - is being driven Charlie Dufton. It's known Dufton had an Ascot and I've seen a light bodied car with dark fenders attributed to Dufton. However, Dad remembers Dufton driving an all black Ascot as well.
UPDATE II: One of our readers believes the car below is chassis S154FR - owned for many years by John McFarlane. He goes on to note that Dufton's Ascot was chassis S215RM. Thanks for the comments and this great information.
|Another Rolls-Royce Brewster Derby on the 1958 Glidden Tour|
|Rolls-Royce Brewster Ascot at the 1958 Glidden Tour - Dr. Charles Dufton (?)|