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Museums & Private Collections That Have All 3 of "The Three Ps of Motordom"


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1. Auto World Museum, Fulton, Missouri..................................................80 cars
[I believe they have 1 Pierce, 3 Packards, and a Peerless (not on display yet, off-site, in rough shape). They sold two 1932 Peerlesses in 2014, remaining one is a 1928 Model 8-69.
www.autoworldmuseum.com

2.. California Automobile Museum, Sacramento, California........................130 cars [Thanks, David, maybe you know of some others.][1910 Peerless]
www.calautomuseum.org

3. Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum, Cleveland, Ohio............................... 140 cars
[1905, 1914, 1932 Peerlesses][Thanks K8096!]
www.wrhs.org

4. Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, Fairbanks, Alaska..................... 85 cars
[3 Pierce-Arrows, 2 Packards, 1 1912 Peerless]
www.fountainheadmuseum.com

5. The Henry Ford, Dearborn, Michigan.................................................. 100+ cars
[1911 Peerless][Thanks Matt for finding this car! I believe this was added to the collection in 1935.]
www.thehenryford.org

6. Heritage Museums & Gardens, Sandwich, Massachusetts...................30 cars
[1910 Peerless]
www.heritagemuseumsandgardens.org

7. Douglas Kirberg, St. Louis, Missouri
[1913 Peerless]

8. Nethercutt Museum, Sylmar, California...............................................130 cars
[1904 and 1914 Peerlesses]
www.nethercuttcollection.org

9. Northeast Classic Car Museum, Norwich, New York............................160 cars on exhibit
[1927 Peerless]
www.classiccarmuseum.org

10. Pioneer Auto Museum & Antique Town, Murdo, South Dakota.............275 cars on exhibit
[1928 Peerless]
www.pioneerautoshow.com

11. Jack W. Rich Collection, Frackville, Pennsylvania.................................54 cars
[1918 Peerless][Also home of the famous 1911 Oldsmobile Limited.]
www.jwrautomuseum.com[An extremely well-done website!]

12. Western Development Museum, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada....35 cars on display + 70 in storage, 40 cars on display at Moose Jaw branch
[1912 Peerless]
www.wdm.ca

 

13.  unknown person, Washington, USA

[1930 Peerless]

 

14.  Andrew Byrnes, NSW, Australia

[1930 Peerless]

 

15.  The Key Museum, Izmir, Turkey...........................................................130 cars

[1910 Peerless]

www.keymuseum.com

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Please remember that museum and private collector accessions sometimes change and just because it's part of the collection doesn't mean it's on public display. It could be on loan, in storage, or being repaired somewhere else. Call before you attempt to visit to make sure they are open to the public, open the day you are able to visit, etc. Some public museums are closed 40 weeks per year. Some of the above aren't open to the public.

There may be more than this...we need everyone's help to find out. Certainly there are a few more privately-held collections encompassing each of the Three Ps.

There are probably 50 collections that would have all 3 of the "Three Ps" if they were to add a Peerless, but Packards and Pierce-Arrows are so much easier to find. Examples: the Stan Reynolds Collection(Reynolds-Alberta Museum), AB; the Harold LeMay Collection(America's Car Museum), WA; the Harold Warp Collection(Pioneer Village Museum), NE; the AACA Museum, PA; the Bill Harrah Collection(National Automobile Museum) in Reno, NV; the Clive Cussler Collection, CO; the Gilmore Car Museum, MI; and the Forney Museum of Transportation, CO.

Thank you.

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vintagerodshop,

I'm happy to hear of your interest in joining the Three-P "fraternity". What do you think of the Peerless Runabout coming up at the Florida auction March 12th? I noticed today they've gotten the online catalog descriptions finished for everything, including the Peerless. Might be overshadowed by the 1903 Thomas, an American Underslung, 2 Bentleys, a 1930 Cord Murphy Town Car, a Stutz DV-32, Marlene Dietrich's Rolls-Royce and a number of exotic cars.

Maybe not your cup of tea, but they took some stunning photos of the motorcar for the catalog.

----Jeff

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a) Recently deleted 3 of the 18 on the list

  1. The collector in Ontario, Canada because he sold his Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow. He may still have his 1931 Peerless Eight Sport Coupe.
  2. Don Boulton passed away last fall and Bonhams auctioned his collection off in March. He had a 1904.
  3. Frank Spain died in 2006, the Tupelo Auto Museum in Mississippi closed and Bonhams auctioned all 180 cars off in April. They had a 1914.

b) Hopefully, Kirk gave some thought to picking up an "aught-four" Model 8, or a 1914 Model 48-Six if he hasn't found a Peerless yet

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