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Is this a 1903 Peerless?


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My great-grandfather owned one of the first automobiles in La Grange, Illinois.  He is shown in this photo along with his wife and my grandparents.  I'm trying to figure out what kind of car it is.  I'm guessing that it is a Peerless of 1903-05 vintage.  Am I right?  Some Duquesne and Yale autos also look similar.  I have read that auto makers of the day often had some other company build the body (to the customer's specifications, I guess).  Exactly what parts are considered to be "the body" (e.g., does that include headlights, fenders, engine compartment)?  So, in trying to identify the maker, which parts are most important to look at, and which ones may have been an option provided by the body maker?  Bottom line: Does anyone know what is in this old photo?

Perhaps an early Peerless auto, or Duquesne, or Yale, or other....JPG

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I looked in the Standard Catalog and it does not look like a Peerless. The square hood panels and door on top of the hood suggest Reo, about 1907-8

 

Frank

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No, not Reo, but a 1905 Queen model E. Although very Reo-ish, some details just don't fit like the hood which is placed much more forward (leaving only a short part of the front springs visible); the straight rail across the dashboard; and the wheel hubs. Compare the car with the uploaded ad from the Cycle and Automobile Trade Journal and convince yourself.

CATJ 1905-5 p.305.jpg

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