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Richard Bros.
Richard Brothers Division of Allied Products, 1948-1962; Eaton Rapids, Michigan
 
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Briarean
     

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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The Professional Car, Issue # 51, First Quarter 1989

Thomas A. MacPherson - The Dodge Story

Don Bunn - Dodge Trucks

George H. Dammann - Seventy Years of Chrysler

The Professional Car (Quarterly Journal of the Professional Car Society)

Gregg D. Merksamer - Professional Cars: Ambulances, Funeral Cars and Flower Cars

Thomas A. McPherson - American Funeral Cars & Ambulances Since 1900

Walt McCall & Tom McPherson - Classic American Ambulances 1900-1979: Photo Archive

Walt McCall & Tom McPherson - Classic American Funeral Vehicles 1900-1980 Photo Archive

Walter M. P. McCall - The American Ambulance 1900-2002

Walter M.P. McCall - American Funeral Vehicles 1883-2003

John Gunnell - Standard Catalog of American Cars, 1946-1975

   
 
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