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Richard Bros.
Richard Brothers Division of Allied Products, 1948-1962; Eaton Rapids, Michigan
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No discussion of Chrysler-based professional cars would be complete without reference to the Richard Brothers' Division of Allied Products of Eaton Rapids, Michigan. Richard Bros. marketed their standard-wheelbase Chrysler ambulance conversions through franchised Chrysler dealers starting in the late 1940s.

In 1950-51 Chrysler offered their dealers a duo-tone 4-page Chrysler Ambulance brochure with an insert that directed inquiries to Mr. William Thompson at Richard Brothers.

Starting in 1958, Richards Brothers offered a new raised-headroom "Briarean" ambulance that included a raised roof, tunnel-mounted warning lights, an emergency cot and full rear window dressing. Briareans could be had in various versions; as straight ambulances, hearses or combination or service coaches with the option of a side-hinged rear loading door. But there were few takers and by 1963 the Briarean was history.

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