Need help identifying a 1920 Peerless touring please:
Any help will be much appreciated.
Well ... it's a model T Ford that happens to have an accessory Peerless radiator cover. The peerless radiator was a honeycomb type .. but you can use the cover on a modern replacement radiator. I used to have one on my 1919 speedster.
I assumed that the Peerless Car Company made the whole Touring body and fenders and put it on a Model T chassis?
Am I wrong?
Your body appears to be a standard body that would have been dropped onto the chassis at a Ford assembly plant. The radiator shell was an accessory. To my knowledge, Peerless did not produce bodies. But even if they did, the pictures of the body appear to be a standard Ford body.
Note Ford purchased the bodies from several outside body makers. If you go to the posting at:
Forum posting “Home for the Holidays” at: http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/29/40322.html it describes and has pictures of where to look for a letter that indicates which company produced the body for Ford. Not all of the companies had a letter stamped into the front and/or rear heel panel. And it appears that your body was rewooded so you won't find the letter and body number there unless someone went to the trouble to restamp the numbers. And then you don't know if they used the previous numbers or made some up.
Your touring body windshield does not have the brackets for cowl lamps which indicates it was for use on a starter equipped car. You also have a dash that was used on the starter equipped cars.
It would be great if you could find out if most of the pieces came from the same car or if most of the pieces came from multiple cars.
Good luck with your find.
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Yes, you are wrong. Peerless made the radiator shell ONLY. The body appears to be all run of the mill Ford parts. It looks to be the good start of a nice touring. Good luck with your project, Bill
The radiator is a weird looking honeycomb. It has a SPIREX tag on it with a Model 777 made by the Modine Manufacturing Co.
See photo above.
Anthony- what you have pictured is a Model T Ford made by the Ford Motor Company..
Peerless brand radiators came with their own shell. The shell can be fitted to other radiators too.
Thanks for the help to all.
A real Peerless automobile was a high end automobile, and I believe it was made into the thirties.
Yup. At one time the pinnacle of luxury cars was a toss-up among the "Three Ps" : Packard, Peerless and Pierce-Arrow. No doubt the radiator folks wanted some of that gloss !
And it used to be said of the three Ps that you saw Packards often, Pierce Arrows seldom, and Peerless almost never.
David, I'm sure that's true ! Interesting to me, comparing over fifteen million Model Ts, Packard's total production over nearly sixty years was just over a million cars, and a fourth of them were the "pregnant rhino" 22nd and 23rd series cars 1948-50.
Pierce and Peerless didn't survive the Depression, I wonder what their output was ?
LOL - pregnant rhino. That is hilarious!
Awww,come on guys, I never heard that term for my next all-time favorite automobile after my model T!
Jeff, that's a beautiful '48 !! (I have one too. "Pregnant rhino" is a term of endearment !! ). Hard to imagine them as being fifteen times more "rare" than any Model T, ain't it ?
Of all the terms I have heard to describe these cars yours is the funniest! I guess we hijacked Mr. Marino’s thread but he was sufficiently informed about what he has anyways!
Peerless also made fenders and toolboxes and no doubt other sheet metal aftermarket parts for Fords besides the radiator shell and hood.
Here are some ads, the 'Peerless' name was brand, the mfg. was Corcoran. They did make aftermarket fenders into the twenties for Ford cars.
No relation to the high quality Peerless Motor Car Co. of course!
Here's my shell off the Deluxe Peerless edition with chrome emblem.
I too have a "Peerless" radiator shroud stored up in the rafters but it only has the "Peerless" name and no other stampings.
I note with interest that this example is proudly stamped as being made by "Corcoran manufacturing' ? I assume the same maker as our Model Ts' Corcoran lamps ??
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