1927 Peerless 3.7-Litre Six-80 Taxicab  Chassis no. A36/032

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Lot 186
1927 Peerless 3.7-Litre Six-80 Taxicab

£ 25,000 - 30,000
US$ 33,000 - 39,000
Amended
1927 Peerless 3.7-Litre Six-80 Taxicab
Registration no. SV 8200
Chassis no. A36/032
*Ex-New York taxicab
*Believed to be the sole remaining example worldwide
*Left-hand drive
*Restored in the 1990s

Footnotes

  • The Peerless company was established in 1869 to manufacture clothes-wringers (mangles), and later moved on to bicycle production. When demand slackened, the company started producing motorcars, its first product being a single-cylinder De Dion-powered buggy: the Motorette. Built along advanced Panhard lines, with front-mounted engines, shaft drive, and a live rear axle, Peerless cars were of the finest quality. The company was quick to embrace the emerging sport of automobile racing, participating in events such as the Gordon Bennett Cup. In 1904 the famous racing driver Barney Oldfield drove a Peerless 11.1-litre, known as 'The Green Dragon', in a nationwide racing programme in North America, setting numerous speed records. The name Peerless means 'without equal', and Peerless and two other quality marques, Packard and Pierce-Arrow, became known as 'the three Ps'. Like many of its contemporaries, Peerless suffered during the post-WWI recession, yet managed to survive.

    In 1926 the dependability and economy of operation that characterised Peerless had been recognised by the New York Taxicab Company when it placed an order for 250 cabs on the Six-80 chassis. They were delivered with landau type coachwork, with fold-down convertible hood at the rear, making them ideal for seeing the sights in New York's Central Park. Peerless confidently declared: 'It is expected that the cabs will become among the most popular in the city and that many more than the original order may be required to meet the company's demands.'

    This believed unique and sole surviving Peerless taxicab was imported by a previous owner from New York State. Restored in the 1990s, the car has been used for weddings and film work for the last 22 years and is described by the vendor as in generally good condition (the side decals were applied for a film but could be removed). Flashing indicators have been fitted inside the lights, and the braking system has been modified for safety, otherwise the Peerless remains all original. Recent mechanical works included rebuilding the back axle and gearbox, including fitting a new clutch, the Peerless is now running and driving very well with excellent oil pressure. Accompanying paperwork consists of sundry restoration invoices, a V5 registration document, instruction handbook, and a considerable amount of historical material obtained from the USA plus a quantity of useful spares. Rarely do chances such as this appear to purchase a true piece of New York motoring history.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note the chassis number on the vehicle is stamped A361032.
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1927 Peerless 3.7-Litre Six-80 Taxicab  Chassis no. A36/032
1927 Peerless 3.7-Litre Six-80 Taxicab  Chassis no. A36/032
1927 Peerless 3.7-Litre Six-80 Taxicab  Chassis no. A36/032
1927 Peerless 3.7-Litre Six-80 Taxicab  Chassis no. A36/032
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