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Peerless and the American Automobile

Posted January 19, 2009 10:17 AM by dstrohl

After the 2007 Hershey meet, I detailed all of my swap meet finds, including a mystery winterfront grille that was later identified as one meant for a Peerless. Well, the man who identified the winterfront, Jefferson Brown of Salmon, Idaho, recently bought it and along with his payment sent some information about Peerlesses that he thought we'd be interested in.

For example, he claims that Peerless was possibly the first American automaker to use an enclosed body, back in 1903, and that the company patented the four-speed transmission a year later. Well, Jefferson put so much effort into his informational diagram that we thought it'd be a shame not to share it with our readers.

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Re: Peerless and the American Automobile

01/20/2009 2:52 PM

There are some pretty serious claims in that diagram. Think Jefferson Brown would share some of his sources?

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Re: Peerless and the American Automobile

02/27/2009 2:51 AM

There is now some more material about "Peerless & the modern automobile" from Hemmings Auto Blog, even listing some sources. I'm a new member of the Peerless Motor Car Club and have been researching the automaker for two years. It's a fascinating company.

The data I listed on the fifteen Post-It-Notes is gleaned from my readings on Peerless over this time in dozens of magazines, websites and books. There aren't any books on Peerless, and all of the company records vanished about 40 years ago, so studying the firm is a bit harder than studying Packard or Pierce-Arrow.

The fifteen "Things From A Peerless You Can Find In A Modern Automobile" were originally written for the AACA Discussion Forum in the Peerless section. It was a story that attempted to explain how a nearly forgotten make could have any connection to modern cars...and was written in the form of a television inteview of someone exhibiting a 50's or 60's car at a typical car show.

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