Lot 871

Auburn Spring 2016

1920 Peerless Model 56


$9,625 USD | Sold

United States | Auburn, Indiana



Identification No.
  • V-8 80-hp engine
  • Manual transmission
  • 6,213 total Peerless units produced in 1920
  • Five different body styles
  • Wood spoke wheels
  • Moto-meter
  • Spotlight

Established in 1889, the Peerless Motor Car Company originally produced washing-machine wringers, bicycles, and automotive parts before becoming an automobile manufacturer. The Peerless catered to the luxury segment of the car market competing with the Packard and Pierce. Promoted for their “silence and comfort,” the company’s philosophy changed to building less expensive models following the Great Depression.

The 1920 Peerless Model 56 was available in five different body styles, all having a 125-inch wheelbase. Powered by a V-8 engine producing 80 horsepower, a total of 6,213 units were produced in 1920. A victim of the automobile manufacturing financial realities of the time, Peerless built its last car on June 20, 1931.

This is a big and impressive sedan that carries a formal and sophisticated Roaring ‘20s style. It displays an opening windshield with visor, wood spoke wheels, Moto-meter, wood-rimmed steering wheel and a single driver’s side spotlight to guide the way along with the bucket-style headlights.