1912 Peerless Model 60

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There is almost no information about the 1912 Peerless Model 60 on the internet. On YouTube I have not found a single review of this, stunning, vintage, American car. I have only seen one video of this car from a Bonhams auction when it was offered for sale in 2015.
Car enthusiasts know that the 1912 Peerless Model 60 was the answer to the magnificent 1910 Pierce-Arrow Model 66. The Peerless car not only outperforms the Pierce-Arrow (11.7L) but also the majestic Bugatti Type 41 Royale (12.7L) in terms of engine displacement. The engine capacity of 1912 Peerless Model 60 is 13.5 liters. Think about these figures! Not every modern truck has such an engine capacity. The Peerless was not significantly inferior to the Pierce-Arrow. Unfortunately, I have not found any data on torque, and given the considerable superiority in displacement, the Peerless may well have been superior to the Pierce-Arrow in thrust.

The engine for the 1912 Peerless Model 60 was borrowed from a racing car dubbed the “Green Dragon”. This majestic machine was produced in the year of the Titanic’s sinking.

The price and value of the 1912 Peerless Model 60.

The new Peerless Model 60 cost about 6,000 dollars. It was comparable in value to the Pierce-Arrow. Sold in 2015, at a Bonhams auction the piece had only 999 miles on it. It even seems strange to me, but such an amazing car was sold for a not-so-big $440,000.

Appearance and photos.

The wheel rims were wooden, – artillery type. Note how the rectangular fenders transition into wide running boards. A duffel box is mounted on the right footrest. A round, windshield is mounted in front of the driver. In the rear of the car there are two spare tires with metal rims.
Of course, the Peerless body was a frame. In addition to the two-seater car were produced and roomy, seven-seater sedans.

Interior and equipment.

Two seats are set as close to each other as possible. The gearbox lever as well as the klaxon are taken out of the saloon. The seats are covered with red leather. The interior of the seven-seat sedan was equipped with two additional folding seats.

Engine and specifications of the 1912 Peerless Model 60.

The cylinders in the huge, in-line six were cast in pairs. A displacement of 825 cubic inches equals 13.5 liters. At 60 horsepower, the Peerless was 6 horsepower behind the Pierce-Arrow. Again, – I found no data on torque, and in this parameter, due to the higher volume of the engine, Peerless was surely superior to the competitor’s car. The diameter of each of the cylinders is 152mm and the stroke of the piston is 203mm.
And the brakes were only on the rear axle. Of course they were drum brakes and were mechanically driven, but the manual gearbox was four-speed, which contributed to a higher, top speed.

This is a landmark car. The 1912 Peerless Model 60 was one of the most expensive and powerful cars of its time. I have not found data on the number of cars produced, but there is virtually no information about this Peerless today. Only the most enthusiastic enthusiasts know about the existence of this car. The Peerless was even bigger than the Pierce-Arrow in terms of engine displacement.

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