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  1. I hope we will be able to see one the these beautiful Peerless cars in Cleveland in June!! Peerless meet-----June 12-13 &14, 2015
  2. In 1912 Peerless had three models with the six cylinder engine: Model 35-H 38.5 HP 125" wb $4,000 to $5,200 Model 36-K 48.6 HP 137" wb $5,000 to $6,200 Model 37-L 60 HP 140" wb $6,000 to $7,200 touring----roadster----Limousine---landoulet
  3. It would not be fun to do this here today. The wind chill is 20 to 30 below zero!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  4. This car looks very similar to the speedster that Mr. Hofsted built a few years ago in N.Y. It was green and listed as a 1922 model 66 #66A115. I wonder what happened to that car? When the bodies are too far gone to restore making the chassis into a speedster is the way to go. I have a 1919 complete chassis with fenders but missing body. I bought it as a parts car for my other '16 & '17 Peerless but it is in such good shape I'm thinking of making a speedster out of it. I could still use parts if needed. RHL
  5. I was told that no one was at the Peerless booth. Don't know what happened to Ralph. RHL
  6. The Peerless booth will be manned by Ralph Cartino at Hershey next week. Same location as last year. RHL
  7. During the first world war Peerless did build fwd trucks under contract for FWD of Wisconsin. I do agree with you about the engines. Peerless had some very good engineers, the problem was all the stock take-overs and management changes that screwed things up. The Collins Six was designed by Cadillac and evidently Cadillac didn't buy it so Collins brought it to Peerless with another buy out and take-over, but that's another story. The Peerless V-8 was a very good engine but they dropped it in favor of the straight 8. That may have had something to do with the narrower hood designs. Peerless wa
  8. I have gone through all my Peerless archives and all I can find is that Bohannon was negotiating with a European company in 1930 to produce a front wheel drive car. The article did not mention the name of the car company. The president and vice president of Continental Motors purchased a large block of Peerless stock and had tried to take over Peerless at the time. There was a rumor in 1930 that Peerless may be moved to Detroit. I do not know the connection that Buccialli had with Continental Motors but that may be what started the negotiations with Peerless. RHL
  9. jwilli43 That boat tail roadster would be a fine automobile, worth trying to locate. In June 2115 we are having a meet in Cleveland of all Cleveland built automobiles and trucks. We are combining that with our national Peerless meet. I hope the Jordan owners are notified of this. Will be fun to all get together.
  10. Peerless produced four different models with a full range of bodies in 1930 that ranged in price from $1495 to $3045. Total production 4,010 In 1931 models and prices were the same as 1930 --Production stopped June 30, 1931 with 850 cars built. In October 1931 several cars were assembled from parts in inventory and sold as 1932 models at reduced prices, Deluxe 8--$1,195 & Standard 8--$1,095, some of these would be a mix and match of parts. Peerless continued maintaining a parts inventory for Peerless cars already built. The factory closed Nov. 7, 1931 and converted into a brewery.
  11. After the 1929 crash and the luxury car market died the new President of Peerless Motor Car (Bohannon) was searching for another product. The connection between Bucciali and Peerless may have been the Continental engine company. Continental was a major stock holder of Peerless and had tried to take over control of the Company. This is the reason Peerless started using Continental instead of their own engines. Continental was also supplying Buccialli with engines. However, Bohannon wanted to make something that everyone could afford:---------------------BEER
  12. My 1931 370S-WS10 was called a Sport Cabriolet by MB
  13. Peerless built their first heavy truck in 1911. They were making delivery trucks, patty wagons and such on their auto chassis but in 1911 they started producing the 1 1/2 ton truck and then added the 3 ton and 5 ton to the line. England purchased thousands of these chassis and installed their own bodies on the back. In 1914 Peerless had so many orders for trucks that their total production on 4 cylinder engines went into the trucks and only 280 automobiles were built that year and they were all six cylinders. Peerless truck production continued thru 1917 with very little change. RHL.
  14. Notice to owners of Peerless automobiles: we have established the dates for our annual Peerless meets. September 4th-6th, 2014, New Glarus, Wis. Applications will be in our next Co-Operator The National Peerless Meet for 2015 is June 12th-14th in Cleveland, Ohio. The Northern Ohio Chapter AACA along with the Crawford Automobile & Aviation Museum and the Peerless Automobile Club will be assembling a gathering of Cleveland built automobiles. There were 75 different manufacturers of automobiles in Cleveland. This should be a very interesting meet. Put these on your calendar. RHL
  15. Peerless built many commercial vehicles over the years. They started building heavy trucks in 1911 and were building light commercial vehicles on the car chassis. Like police cars, paddy wagons, ambulance, hearse and light delivery trucks. Peerless showed these in ads but I believe the special bodies were built by other body companies. The big problem with sedans of this era is the cost to restore is always more than the selling value when it is done. I think that is why so many are made into rods. Jeff mentioned the engine about the same HP as a 1946 Dodge Power Wagon. I had one of those an
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