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    I identify as from WY, KS, VA, NJ, CA, AK, OH, OK, TX & Japan, but live in ID.

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  1. I'm glad you are finishing this chapter, finally, Victoria! My Grandpa meant a lot to me. When he died it took 6 auctions to sell all of his property. I went to 3 of them -- more of a farewell than to buy. All I came away with was an old umbrella I bought for $10. He had a similar # of cars. None were inherited by any of the relatives, and the deal was all the auction items, from a radiator ornament to 480 acres of land, had to be purchased as any other regular bidder would. Then if we bought a 1910 Buick Raceabout or a 1936 Buick Century we would get a kickback of 50% from the auctioneer after it was over. Didn't work well for me, but everything got sold off. I guess that was the point. ---- Jeff
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    Peerless Photos

    Not too shabby, as my friend Thud always says: A 1928 Peerless 7-Passenger Sedan. Model Six-91...289 Cu. In. seven-main-bearing alloy Superb Six engine, designed by the Cadillac engineering department. The 6-90 and 6-91 models were all supposed to be 120" wheelbase/$500-less versions of the luxury 6-72 model. A 7-P 6-72 Sedan was $2,595. 128" wheelbase for this 6-91 body style only. The black color, wire wheels, and Peerless Eagle hood ornament give this a certain cachet. This one would have been $1,995 before the D/S/M and wire wheels.
  3. It took me awhile to find it, but here's the photo of a Peerless that has monograms on the rear doors. Not very visible, I'm afraid, but one is seen near the moulding line of the car.
  4. While riding a horse a hundred miles from Healy to Wonder Lake in 1974, I rode by this 1941 International in the Alaskan bush. Hunters used it at the time for shelter. It broke an axle in the 1960s(in connection with an antimony mining project) about 20 miles from the main highway.
  5. Morris Minor maybe. Around a million of those built from the 50s to 70s. Here's a 1960 from the hagertyinsurance.co.uk site:
  6. Great News on what has become a tradition!
  7. Interesting to ponder what will be remembered 20 or 50 years from now. Steve McQueen actually cut quite the figure in his time, but there are thousands of stars to compete with in our memory. I remember when I was a kid Ted Mack's Amateur Hour was a Big Huge Deal. Lawrence Welk and his show were, too, but neither Ted nor Lawrence are BHDs anymore. What if the auction house featured a documented Lawrence Welk Car at the event next year? I'll try to find some images so all the high-rollers can get their money together: ................................... In some cases, these pictures just show him driving a car, maybe not even his....but the green Mustang wasn't Steve McQueen's, either. To be fair.........we don't have any death-defying shots of Lawrence driving like a bat out of hell in a movie, or anywhere, but he did own some nice cars.
  8. Yesterday people on the AACA facebook page were saying Manny Paquiao bought it. I can't find the post, it may have been a guess, and I don't really care too much.
  9. I knew a gentleman in Iowa a few years ago with a '28 Peerless 6-91 7 Passenger Sedan that had it's original finish and had sterling silver initials of the original owner, someone named W.J. McBe, in the middle of each rear door. Maybe I can find the photos around somewhere...
  10. Matt, does this check any of your boxes? Hydraulic brakes, blackwalls, decent eight... 1924 "A" Duesenberg service car used by the California distributor. Maybe you read the story "Full Classics Earning Their Keep" by Jim Donnelly this photo was in [December Hemmings Classic Car, 2013]. You might ruffle a few feathers showing up at an A-C-D meet with it, but you have to admit it has a certain panache. I wonder if anyone who tracks early Duesenbergs knows what happened to it.
  11. Were there multiple Deloreans in those movies, or just one? I know they went through lots of cars in Dukes of Hazard because of the stunts, but the Back To the Future franchise I don't know. There was an article recently about a meticulous restoration of a Delorean in the Universal Studios lot that was falling apart that was supposed to be "the original" film car, but I don't know how you would establish that.
  12. I was looking for something else and found this picture of a 1908 Renault and the owner who at the time may have had the largest antique car collection in Europe. Baron Johan Otto Raben Levetzau. Denmark, 1967. The photo isn't 1908 but does mention a major collector I've never heard of. Must have been a contemporary of Mahy, Montague, and Schlumpf.
  13. You're right. The President of Peerless considered soldiering on with the aluminum-engine/body/frame V-12 & V-16 cars in development with Alcoa + buying Murphy Body in Pasadena and reducing auto production to a lower-volume company than they already were. Instead of 3,800/year*, maybe they could have tried for 380 cars per year. The only estimate I've seen of what the 1933 Peerless V-16s were supposed to sell for was about $3,600.** If you multiply that questionable unit cost x 380, you get gross sales of $1,368,000. Maybe they would still have a line of 8s. Of course -- you'd have to take a bite out of Cadillac/Marmon/Pierce-Arrow/Franklin/Stutz/Lincoln/Packard sales to do that. Comparing beer and luxury car sales in the 30s, they may have made the right choice to switch from selling a $2,000 item to a 10-cent item. Only figure I've seen from the beer sales is $2,000,000 profit for 1946. I don't know if anyone here has been to South Africa or England, but Carling Black Label is a top seller in both countries(I read about 5 years ago it was #1 in both). * Average for all 32 model years ** I found my obscure source for this figure...from the French site Trombinoscar.com ...380 x 3800 results in a product of $1,444,000, so I was $76,000 low.
  14. Walt, thank you very much for the picture of the PEERLESS booth at the 24th Paris Salon. I have never seen it before. The one to the right of the two company reps is a Standard Eight/Model "A" Club Sedan {a $1,545 car}, the bare chassis is a Master Eight/Model "B" {a $2,000-$2,800 car}, and the one at far right is a Custom Eight/Model "C" {in the $2,800-$3,045 class if not coachbuilt}. By this time, Peerless had produced about three hundred million dollars worth of cars...and these straight-eights with bodies designed by Count Alexis de Sakhnoffsky were kind of their swan song. No cars came out of their plant after November 7th, 1931. After November 7th, 1933, however, large quantities of Carling Red Cap Ale started to leave the place. I've seen the bottles for sale on ebay bearing the note "Wholly owned subsidiary of the Peerless Corporation" on them, circa 1934. Black Label lager came soon after Red Cap ale. A related magazine ad follows:
  15. My Grandpa had a '22 Leland Lincoln Sedan used in a Cliff Robertson movie. One scene of it at a picnic for 10 seconds and a couple of background shots after a week of use. Things went well, except one of the guys told him they had a scene in mind where most of the lead actors would ride in the Lincoln at 50 down the road and then a biplane would swoop down, match speeds, and drop somebody on the roof of the car. Glenn could have gotten the car that fast(I've ridden in it at 50 on a 180-mile trip), but saw multiple fatalities happening if they attempted it, so made them delete the scene. The movie was supposed to be about barnstormers in Kansas in the 1920s and called "Ace Eli & Roger of the Skies". If you look it up, no one had good things to say about it. After 2 years of re-writes, released in the early 70s. It was Bernadette Peters' screen debut, and written by Steven Spielberg.