meets. The roof irons came from New Zealand. He rebuilt the car’s upper frame out of Tasmanian Oak and welded four inches of new metal on the bottom of each door. He also performed all of the mechanical repairs, (except the re-boring of the engine and the bearings) panel work and spray painting. The upholstery and chroming was done professionally. Robert’s late brother Rodney helped from start to finish. The car was re-registered on 4th February, 1982, and Gordon asked Robert again if he still wanted the car. “I would have liked it but I could not take it given all of the work Dad did on it,” Robert says. On the Road With the wind in our faces—no side windows on a Phaeton—Robert steers the Ford through Sydney Sunday afternoon traffic. He makes it look effortless and it is easy to forget that the car comes from an era when driving was a very involving and physical task. For a start, the brakes are mechanical. Stopping takes a while. Robert leaves plenty of distance between the Ford and the car in front to ensure he has enough space to pull up. Then there is the location of the brake pedal. It is on the right, not in the middle, as in a modern car. In the middle is the accelerator pedal. Got it? It looked disconcerting to me. Robert Brown’s 1930 Town Sedan. 27