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1928 Peerless on E-Bay

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I noticed a 1928 8 cyl. now has been listed for sale on e-Bay. I do not know any thing about the value of such, but am interested in acquiring a Peerless of this vintage. Seller makes a claim that this may be the only one left in that configuration, an assertion I question. Can anyone shed some light on the fair market value of this car and purported rarity? Thanks in advance for your expertise.

Louis Abelove

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Thank you Louis and Mal for posting this. A grand car I didn't know was for sale. It has been in Ohio a long time, before that in the Dexter Dotson Collection in Virginia. There were around 1,700 Model 8-69s built between 1926-1928 -- the last model with the Peerless V-8. The Known Peerless Automobiles In Existence record shows only about 15 possible survivors, from condition 1 to condition 6 cars. KPAIE shows 1 Roadster Coupe, 1 Roadster, 4 with unknown or no body, 7 Sedans or Limousines of 5-P or 7-P, 1 speedster, and 1 5-P Coupe. 

 

Louis, the car IS rare. Peerless built a fair number of cars and trucks(108,116 in 32 years), but the KPAIE roster I created suggests about 350 remain, far, far less than Pierce-Arrows or Packards(thousands of them remain, not hundreds). I met a 1928 Peeerless owner from Philadelphia when I was at Hershey in 2013 and he said 362 1928 Peerless 8-69s were built. See thread here called "New Peerless Owner Department", post #18, to see his car. Where he got those numbers I don't know...but '28 was the last year of the Peerless V-8. As you know, their top-shelf model for '29, the Model Eight-125, had a straight-eight.

 

It is a little hard to separate the 3 years of production. Unfortunately, there's no plate that says "1927" or "1928". Serial numbers do help a bit...but the last Car serial Number of B690,759 could mean it was the last car out of the shop, the last one ordered, or both. In 1927-1928, Peerless was making a transition from nickel to chrome plating, a new instrument panel, drum to bullet headlights & cowl lights, and the big built-in roof overhang to a cadet visor.

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Mal, Yes that is the one.

Jeff, thanks for the historical background. With that information, I surmise some big hitters will be after it, and the value will be determined both by the auction and what the Seller wants for it, but isn't that always the case. Louis

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Remember, there are are a healthy number of Peerless V-8 cars around(2 to 4 dozen), with production starting in 1916 and about 34,000 built. The earlier models were the 56, 66, and 8-67. Someone lucked onto the 1920 Mod. 56 Sedan at the Smoky Mountain Car Museum going out of business sale 9 months ago for nine grand. There was what appeared to be a condition 1 1927 7-P Sedan for sale on the "Peerless For Sale Department" thread in December, post # 145, for $15,100...another museum clearance.

 

 

 The one for sale has been described as a '25, '26, '27, and '28 Peerless over the years. I talked to the former owner of a 1928 Mod. 8-69 7-P Sedan% in Oregon a few years ago and he said they are great road cars and his was one of the few to have the bullet cowl lights & headlights[a very late feature for an 8-69]. The one Significant Cars lists is the only other I know...........adding credence to the idea it's a '28. 

 

No idea what the Peerless could sell for or should sell for. You can generally count on people knowing little about the car company, confusing Peerless with Pierce, etc. The write-up of the car seems mostly accurate, although the inline 8 wasn't introduced in 1930(it was 1929) and the Peerless in the 24-hour race was not the Green Dragon race car, but a production car owned by a guy in Columbus(probably a Model 11 overhead valve 4-cylinder with 35 h.p.). Oldfield did drive it(35 h.p. production car) for an hour and did race the Green Dragon(a world-record-holding oval track pure race car of 60+h.p.), but in a five mile event the day before. Some of the wikipaedia article on Peerless is a little off.

 

% His Car serial # was B690 493 -- that's in the second Series of 8-69(last 760 built) -- and it seems to have as high a serial number as any out there.  

 

 

AG D Pigeon Forge TN Smokey Mountain Car Museum 1920 Peerless V8 _ eBay (1) (2).mhtml       If you want to download this link, it takes you to a postcard of the 1920 Peerless formerly at the museum in Pigeon Forge, TN. 

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The e-Bay sale on this car ends in half an hour --- currently bid up to $11,392...auction ended at $17,050 with reserve not met. Probably still for sale at Significant Cars.

 

The same owner listed a roughly comparable '31 LaSalle 345A Convertible Coupe with the sales firm, and it was on e-Bay Auction today, also. It was a stalled restoration w/ re-wooded body, somewhat apart. It went to $10.1K, reserve un-met.

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The 1928 Eight-69 is listed on the Hemmings Motor News issue that just came out.

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This 1928 Peerless V-type Eight for sale by Significant Cars in Indy

sold.

 

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