Although many automobile companies started off building bicycles, some began with more mundane goods. The Cleveland, Ohio Peerless Manufacturing Company, a manufacturer of clothes wringers, was one of these. In 1901, the firm took a license from DeDion in France to build what it called the "Motorette", a single-cylinder tricycle. By 1904, the Peerless line included 24- and 35-hp fours with touring and limousine bodies.
From 1907, Peerless marketing adopted the slogan "All That the Name Implies." There were fours of 30 and 45 horsepower, joined in 1908 by a 50-hp six. The 30-hp four continued as a mainstay of the Peerless catalog until 1912.
This unique 1910 Brewster-bodied Peerless Open-Drive Landaulet was formerly owned by renowned collectors James Melton, Henry Austin Clark, Jr., Dr. William Donze and Jack and Marilyn Tallman. The body is noteworthy for its rear quarter windows, which retract into the body while their upper and rear frames fold down with the landaulet top, giving the passenger compartment exceptional visibility whether the top is up or down.
The passenger compartment is upholstered in red woven fabric and has side-fold jump seats. Instrumentation consists of a Warner "Auto-Meter" 60-mpg speedometer in front and a clock.
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