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Brewster Simplex Crane Model 5 Touring Convertible 1917
Brewster Simplex Crane Model 5 Touring Convertible 1917
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This seven-passenger touring convertible with a body by Brewster was a very luxurious automobile in 1917.
Brewster constructed the body from the finest materials, and the chassis and the engine were far from cheap.
In 1917 the cost of the chassis alone was around $7,000.
Compared to the price of a new Model T Ford, which was about $400 complete, the Crane-Simplex was quite expensive.
It was also quite rare; the cars were built in very low numbers and the owners were the wealthy and the powerful. 



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