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A big welcome to Gord Nelson of Alberta, Canada! He just bought the 1929 Peerless Six-81 Four Passenger Victoria that's been for sale for a month on the "Peerless For Sale Department" thread (post #95). Gord might never read this, but I thought I'd mention the sale anyway. I find it astonishing that a car in this condition at this price...with color photos...could be listed here with no one inquiring about it or any of the other 1916-1940 antique cars for sale(all 3 of the 3-Ps, plus a Hudson, a Marmon, and a 1940 LaSalle). The person dispersing the 20-vehicle collection says no one has contacted him yet about any of the cars after reading my For Sale post. My idea was to give folks on the Peerless Forum advance warning of these cars being available before they are FS at antique car dealers' showrooms and websites at twice the price.

Please tell us more about this Victoria you bought from Dr. Mercer's Collection, if you get a chance, Gord. Rick Pikulski tells me that you also get a few pages of correspondence between Dr. Mercer and I with the car. Please look at the great photos here on the Peerless Forum from Pistorius Restorations in Florida of the 1929 6-81 Sedan they just restored and have for sale (recent posts). These will give you serve as a guide for what your instrument panel should look like. Y'all might want to join the Peerlesss Motor Car Club, too despite the fact there are only two Peerlesses in your province. I think you got a great deal. Check out the current post in "General Discussion" Forum: "What Will It Cost" where people are talking about professional upholstery jobs of the era. I'm thinking you purchased your Peerless for less than an interior job would have cost if it had had animals living in it, missing seats and so forth.

Jeff

P.S.: Sorry to get up on a soap box.

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Jeff, I happenned to see this Peerless in Dragone's auction results from last weekend. It sold for Model A money - or a touch under $14K - thought I would pass along to the Peerless guys. Lesson learned here is not every auction car is over the top price wise.

http://www.dragoneclassic.com/Auctions/fall-auction-2014/1929-peerless-61-four-door-sedan/

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Thanks Steve,

Nice to hear the latest news. Looks like it would have been a good car to buy, judging by appearance. 1929's are the most numerous of all surviving model years, so the new owner might actually see another '29 some day.

Bonhams had a Peerless Model 56 Opera Coupe for sale at the Simeone Foundation auction in Philadelphia earlier this month. Haven't heard about how that sale came out. ----Jeff

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Hi Bryan,

You posted on the New Peerless Owner Department thread, so I thought for a moment you owned something made by Peerless now.:eek: I thought you were more interested in 70s GMs. Speaking of something made by Peerless; you could get a Wringer Washer, a Bicycle(I looked at one in Cleveland last fall that's $5,000), a Hydrocarbon Voiturette(name used for "automobiles" before Winton popularized the name), a 4-Ton Truck with Chain Drive(how do you feel about 12 m.p.h.?), an Armoured Car, a Four-Wheel-Drive Truck, or a bottle of Carling Black Label. Of these seven items, the last is still being manufactured in Ohio.

The Peerless auctioned in Connecticut by the Dragone Bros. is a nice 6-61, I agree. Since it is a 1929, there was almost no chance for it to be a straight-eight, statistically, though it is possible. 1,200 out of 8,300 1929 Peerlesses were Model 8-125 cars. 8 still exist. Brian Coffee even has one! I may have sent you a color photo of one to add to your Peerless files. Two years ago, the CCCA Selection Committee approved these as Full Classics.

There wasn't a 20-car collection of Peerlesses. You must not have looked at all of post #1 here, or the one on the Peerless For Sale Dept. thread, #95. There was one Peerless, plus 4 GM cars, 1 Ford, 10 built by 10 other manufacturers, plus a couple of big trucks. All of the Peerlesses(1) sold, in addition to 1930 Auburn(1) and Hupmobile(1) Sedans. Don't know how many of the others sold or what their prices were, or even if they've been listed for sale yet. I was just commenting that my post on the Peerless FS Dept. thread had not produced any interest for any of the cars. It's possible that people are interested in some of the cars but waiting 'til more data is available to call or email. The person who was asked to disperse the cars, Rick, said one guy from the forums here did contact him about the trucks. Did you talk to him about how he might be selling or pricing the vehicles? I got the impression he was going to get them ready to sell one at a time at modest prices, case-in-point the 1929 Peerless.

There's a fair chance the remaining vehicles have not been priced or marketed yet. I am attempting to give a heads-up before they wind-up being sold, fixed-up, and marked-up in price. Some of them are a little on the rare side, like the 1940 LaSalle, the '29 Nash Roadster and the 1916 Buick.

Did you look at the pictures of the Peerless Opera Coupe on post #95? I was able to find a replacement instrument panel for it, though I don't know if the new owner bought it....the parts supplier priced it as: "Please Enquire" which is usually bad news for the customer.

----Jeff

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Hi Bryan,

Sorry not to answer until now. No need to delete your message about the 1929 Peerless 6-61, you don't have to have just bought a Peerless to be on this thread. Thanks for commenting on the car. Maybe the buyer will send a message, tell us what shape it's in and give us a Drive Report like they used to have in Special Interest Autos*. Some of the nicer cars out there are those with engines built by engine specialists like Continental, including this one. Sorry you're not finding Peerlesses at the price you want to pay. Prewar cars of any kind that have survived weather, wear, and World War II are incredibly rare. Personally, I think the $13,750 auction price was pretty reasonable. The owner was Mason Thrall, from Westport, Connecticut. When he passed away, he had a stunning collection of automobiles: 1912 Mercer Type 35, 1921 Rolls-Royce, 1933 Auburn, and 1935 Hupmobile Aerodynamic in addition to the Peerless. I never heard about this Peerless before, so was able to add it to KPAIE, making it car No. 350.

----Jeff

*The April, 1984 issue had a great one on a 1932 Peerless Master Eight Five-Passenger Sedan.

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The 1913 48-Six Roadster Robert M. Pass had for sale in Missouri sold, and has found a new home in Wisconsin. This is the blue car that was discovered at an old mine and helicoptered out of San Trabuco Canyon in California. These are the models with the 578-cube engines and the 100 mph speedometers. I heard a rumor that a Model 48-Six was clocked by the RCMP in Canada somewhere going 100 mph.

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There's a new owner of a 1912 Model 60-Six Runabout out there in Missouri. Write in and tell us about it! I wasn't able to attend the Peerless Meet this year so didn't get to see or hear it. I've never gotten to hear an eight-hundred-and-twenty-five cubic inch engine run before. Steve Brauer, I believe.

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There's a new owner of a 1910 Peerless Mod. 27 7-Pass. Touring Car out there, formerly Tom Goodlett's. This fantastic piece of history sold at the Mecums Auction in Houston, April, 2015. Write in and tell us about it!

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There's a new owner of a 1910 Peerless Mod. 29 Park Phaeton out there, formerly Doris Duke's and James Melton's. One of the more significant Peerless motor cars anywhere: both in its provenace and the distinction of having the highest sale price on record for the marque. Purchased at the Bonhams Simeone Museum sale of October 5th, 2013 in Philadelphia. Please write in and tell us about it if you are its caretaker....or have seen it since 2013.

 

While I don't think the car vanished....there seems to be a two-year break in any public appearances or press. The owners may like to know that some research has turned up a "twin" to the vehicle.

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There's a new owner of a 1909 Peerless Mod.19 7-Pass. Touring Car out there, formerly David Baird's and Thomas Oliff's. Write in and tell us about it!

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There's a new owner of a 1930 Mod."A" (Standard Eight) Peerless Sedan out in Washington, formerly belonging to Brando & Joanne Pistorius(FL), and Dexter Dotson(VA). Please write us. This addition to the collection transformed it to become one of just twenty to have all three of TheThree Ps of Prestige.

 

As the President of Peerless Motor Car Corporation used to say in 1930: "Built by America's Oldest Maker of Fine Cars."

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There's a new owner of a couple of 1932 Peerlesses, a Mod. "B" (Deluxe Master Eight) and a Mod. "C" (Custom Eight), formerly in the William Backer Collection (The Auto World Museum) in Fulton, Missouri. Now overseas. Please write and tell us about them!

 

If these tow ´32 Peerlesses went to Europe, these would be the only straight-eights, except for a nice restored 1930 in Scandinavia.

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There are new owners of a 1929 Peerless Mod. Six-81 Victoria in Florida, a completely unknown Peerless to most of us until this year. Formerly in Harold Newton's collection in the Oneida Lake, NY area for over a decade. Latest news is that Pistorius Collectible Autos - Classic Car Restoration is restoring it in their shop and there's a chance it will make it up to Hershey with them at their spot there.

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Paul Baker is the new owner of a 1926 Peerless Mod. Six-80 Two-Door Sedan, formerly owned & restored by Brando & Joanne Pistorius (FL), and Dexter Dotson (VA). The Peerless has gone to the Bahamas. It was displayed at this years Peerless Meet in Cleveland. Please write in and tell us about your car!

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There's a new owner of a 1918 Peerless Mod. 56 Limousine. After 50 or 60 years in Iowa it sold to a person or persons unknown at the Grant Quam Auction 5 days ago in Boone, IA. I think they got quite an automobile! 1 of 3 known 1918 Peerlesses (one is a 7-P Touring Car in an excellent collection in PA -- the other, a 7-P Limousine owned by Con Fletcher in CO). Please tell us about your car sometime.

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A new owner has been found for a 1920 Peerless Mod. 56 4-Door Roadster. Acquired 9/26/15 at a VanDerBrink Auction. Some of the previous owners were Mr. Grant Quam(IA) and Mr. William Harrah(NV). Please write us here when you get a chance and tell us about your car! According to the KPAIE list, there are only six 1920 Peerlesses around, out of production of 6,213.   11/27/17 UPDATE: This Peerless is for sale again by the family -- see ¨Peerless For Sale Dept.¨ thread.

 

Peerless(all V-8) out-sold Packard(all V-12) in 1920, before Packard came out with their new Single Six line in 1921 and sales went up. Peerless followed suit in February, 1924 with their very similar Superb Six.

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New owner of a 1930 Peerless 6-61 Sedan: in storage 40 years in Buffalo, MO, just delivered to Bob Ventress in Arizona.

 

This green Peerless is the same car as the one on post #23 with all the photographs.

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There's a new owner of a 1928 Model Eight-69 down in Florida. He brought it back from Pennsylvania this month!

Two doors, dual exhaust, 332 cubic inch aluminum Peerless vee-type 8. I believe it's a Five-Passenger Coupe, making it the only one out there. Photo by owner in as found condition. 

 

I'm told the Peerless has 8,000 miles on it. While technically not a barn find, it has been out of circulation for 50 years. By serial #, it's one of the last 300 Peerless V-8 cars to come out of the plant....out of about 34,000 built from 1916 on.

 

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Doug Taylor of British Columbia is the new owner of a 1930 Standard Eight. It's a red and black 5-Passenger Sedan with dual sidemounts, a straight-eight, a Count Alexis de Sakhnoffsky-designed body, and was for sale at a Chrysler dealer in Langley.

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There is a new owner for a 1929 Model Six-61 Deluxe Roadster sold at the Owl's Head Auction 8/20/16 for $57,200. A previous owner was Mark Garvin. New owner: _ _ _ _ _.

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There's a new owner for a 1926 Model Six-80 Sedan sold by Lance Auto Investments about September, 2016. Their asking price was $7,995. Formerly owned by the late John Pierson of Mission, KS. John paid $6,600 a decade ago in an ebay purchase. He told me, because of the great running condition, "I stole it at that price". He had what may have been the worst rip-off in ebay-car-purchase history getting it delivered, but eventually it showed up out of the blue. New owner: Jamey S. from the Hannibal, MO area.

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There's a new owner for a 1931 Master Eight Cabriolet, ex-Peter Jurjans, Stan Knight, Bill Knight, and Tom Griffith. It sold 10/12/16. The asking price was $115,000. New owner: Mr. Robert Pass from Missouri.

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My father and I picked up a 1930 Peerless Six-61A at the November 2016 Good Guys show in Scottsdale AZ (see post #17 above). It came from Springfield,Missouri based on the windshield stickers dated 1952. We hope to fire up the engine soon. The car seems to be in remarkable shape given it's age. We are looking for a replacement carb since the original Stromberg UX-2 is not repairable.

 

 

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Ken Roberts is the new owner of a 1929 6-81 Peerless Sedan, bought from Larry Howk of Victor, New York.

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Tom Griffith is the new owner of a 1927 Peerless Model 6-90 ``Roadster Coupe´´.  It was for sale on Hemmings  by Brian Livingston from Marshfield, Missouri.

 

These Boat Tail Coupes are pretty striking and rare. New price was $1,725. Aluminum crankcase Peerless 289 Cu. In. six, matching the horsepower of the 332 Cu. In. Peerless V-8($2,795 as a coupe). 

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