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Alsancle makes a good point. I have seen photos of Thirties Packards at events which have been ¨jazzed up¨ in some whimsical bright colors when restored. Invariably, someone uses ¨painted like a circus wagon¨ to describe it if they made really unfortunate choices.  However, the Twenties were  a heyday for colorful cars. There´s an article in Distillations by Regina Blaszczyk, ¨True Blue: Du Pont and the Color Revolution¨ from 2007 that talks about how trends in clothing and autobody color were featuring bright colors that influenced American cars. The colors at a Paris show in 1926 emphasized warm maroons and burnt oranges,(see Exhibit 1 two posts back)  one celebrity was seen in a green & peach roadster, another drove a sports car in Dekkan Brown and London Smoke. At the 1926 NY Auto Show, 12 Lincolns had been painted in shades matching exotic birds like Equadorian Green Tanagers, Haitian Lizard Cuckoos, and  Venezuelan Yellow Woodpeckers. A Pierce Arrow was shown at an Auto Salon alongside a tropical Bird of Paradise in a birdcage....every color of the bird matched by the motor car.

 

Your average bank president in rural Kansas wouldn´t be ordering a Venezuelan Yellow Lincoln -- but a lot of people ordered Oaklands in 1924 when they were offered in Duco two-tone Blue with Red stripes. That caused a rush of orders for these more colorful DuPont shades in this and other GM departments. Someone in my family bought a Lincoln when they first came out...I travelled in it several times...and it was dark forest green.

 

I don´t normally read chemistry trade journals....but I found this article when I was trying to find what the hell the color London Smoke looked like, a color Peerless used in 1928.  The Cabriolet in Exhibit 1, seen in that earlier post, may be the 1929 Peerless factory color Stutz Royal Red. The one surviving ´29 Peerless 6-91 Cabriolet, which came out of the Roscoe Stelford Collection in Pingree Grove, Illinois, is red with wire wheels.

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A nice-lookin´ '29 Peerless 6-61 Deluxe Victoria which Victory Cars of Florida had for sale 8 years ago. No one knows where it is now.

 

 

1929 Peerless Car Pictures To Pin On Pinterest Pinsdaddy

 

1929 Peerless Car Pictures To Pin On Pinterest Pinsdaddy

 

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Photo credit: www.victorycars.com

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https://books.google.com/books?id=qaIAAAAAMAAJ&vq=peerless&dq=automobile journal Peerless&pg=PA835#v=onepage&q=peerless&f=false

 

A link to 2 photos from The Club Journal from March, 1914, Vol. 5, No. 25. It shows a special-order 1914 Peerless Salon Sedan, and it´s interior, including:

 

......mahogany baseboard - quadruple silver plating - English Axminster carpeting - Italian brocade with silk-tinseled velvet borders - wool tapestries -  silk broche´ draperies......

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In June, 1927, two men drove a Peerless 6-80 from San Francisco to Cleveland in 80 hours. Judging by limited info here, we presume they were 14 hours Los Angeles-to-S.F., then 80 hours to Cleveland on the Lincoln Highway. Nice photo of the 1927 Six-80 boattail Roadster! Maybe someone will get the whole bound set of sales bulletins and read the rest of the story.

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This is an excerpt from a large set of Co-Operator  bi-monthly bulletins [1925, 1926, 1927] for sale on ebay for $425.25 by Troxel´s/Paperheaven.

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This is a 1923 Peerless Town Car on display at the Chicago Auto Salon on December 9th, 1922.  From a story in the 12/14/22 MOTOR AGE, Vol. XLII, No. 24, Page 11.

Coachbuilt body by Demarest. This does incorporate the Cadillac-lookalike rad shell brought about by the emigration of many of the key staff at Cadillac to Peerless in 1921. The design was on all 1923 and 1924 Peerlesses, and the 6-70 up through March, 1925. 

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This is available somewhere on the internet, titled "Mafia Greeting Card -- 1925 Peerless Straight 8". They should have contacted us here on The Peerless Forum to get the year and model right. I ordered several things from them. One can get a throw pillow; a coffee mug; a phone case; a notebook; a tote bag; a tee shirt; an image on aluminum, paper, canvas, acrylic, or wood; or a shower curtain. From Fine Art America. 

 

One of more than 25 Peerless automobile photos available(1909-1931). This one is a 1929 PEERLESS Model 8-125 Sedan:

 

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...a nice shot of a somewhat rare model. Total output was about the same as Duesenberg, about 1,150 cars. Greater horsepower than anything in GMs 9-car American lineup that year(Chevrolet/Oldsmobile/Buick/Viking/LaSalle/Pontiac/Oakland/Marquette/Cadillac).

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Fantastic image of a 1926 Peerless 6-72 boattail Roadster from autolit.com:

In twelve years of looking at Peerless literature I have never seen this illustration before. I don't know where Walter found this, but it's some kind of dealer promotional material printed on the back of letterhead stationery from the dealer at Wollaston, Massachusetts. I scanned this from the original. It gives you an idea of paint application and color for 1926.

 

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This would be the same model as the Peerless on page 98 of the Peerless chapter in the 1973 Automobile Quarterly VOL 11, No.1, in the Harrah Collection at the time. In that photo the top was up, and the car had light yellow or tan body and medium brown fenders.

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Burbank cloth was a trademarked waterproof fabric. It was a tightly-woven cotton fabric imported from England, used in automotive trim, according to The Haartz Corp.

Factory photo of the top up on an 8-69 Peerless Roadster:See the source image

 

 

Period pic of a 6-72 with the top down:

photo from alamy

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Another Peerless boattail that showed up at an informal get-together in Denver in 2017 - a '27 Six-90 Roadster:

photo from pelicanparts.com forum

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They say in the ad - it can be removed easily. That's what caught my eye.  Plus, I wondered if Burbank had something to do with Burbank, California, as in customization/accessory that might have come out of So Cal back then.  Thanks for the background. 

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Photo of a rather rare Type 4 or 5 1902 Peerless:

 

shaft drive/engine in front á la Panhard/pressed steel frame/8 h.p. 1-cyl., or 12 or 16 h.p. 2-cylinder engine/tilt steering wheel

 

If you could cause a discovery of any Peerless, ones like a missing V-16 or V-12; a streamlined race-ready 1917 Sporting Roadster; or maybe a Model Six-60 with the 825 Cu. In. engine would be great....but these were probably the most radical Peerlesses built and none of them survived. This car was introduced at the 1902 NY Auto Show in late 1901. Production for 1902 according to The Standard Catalog was 238, or about 90 according to Maurice Hendry in his A.Q. Peerless chapter, but some were probably the previous year's 1-cylinder Motorettes, plus some 2-cylinder cars intended for the next model year. 

 

 

 

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from a 1929 Popular Science magazine, VoI. 115, No. 3

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I didn't see this until now -- but a beautiful 1909 Peerless Model 19 was shown by Leslie & Roberta Holden at the 2015 Elegance at Hershey. This is the same model, year and body style as the Peerless the late David Baird owned. He showed it at the 2013 Gathering at Gilmore, and Fall Hershey Meet.

Credit: The Old Motor and Matthew Little Photography

1909 Peerless Model 19

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A photo from the Vanderbilt Cup Races blog:

 

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Henry Austin Clark, Jr. leaving the Garden City  Hotel in his aught-three Peerless on the 50th anniversary Vanderbilt Cup Tour.

Described as a Peerless Racer which needed a  push, 10/9/54. 16 horsepower, four-human-powered, two-cylinder car later belonging to Barney Pollard. It's a 1903...the one in the Nethercutt Museum, the one in the Boyertown Museum, the one in New Hampshire, or the one connected with Bonhams?

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Not too shabby, as my friend Thud always says:

 

 

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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 133 1/2" w.b./$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.

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A picture of a 5-Passenger 1924 Peerless Town Brougham:

 

 

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$4,250 in 1925. Dealer photo taken at Golden Gate Park.

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Excellent photo of the little-known 1917 Peerless Mod. 56 factory Sporting Roadster at the Cleveland Auto Show. $2,250 with wire wheels. 4-barrel carburetor, dual exhaust, 80 HP V-8. Quite the bargain compared to the $3,590 Limousine behind it. if you don't mind the wind in your hair!

 

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"Excellent photo of the little-known 1917 Peerless Mod. 56 factory Sporting Roadster at the Cleveland Auto Show. $2,250 with wire wheels. 4-barrel carburetor, dual exhaust, 80 HP V-8. Quite the bargain compared to the $3,590 Limousine behind it. if you don't mind the wind in your hair!"

 

4-barrel carburetor in 1917????? Anyone have a picture?

 

Jon.

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