Monday, June 29, 2009

1958 Peerless GT

Another one of those great British cottage industry automobiles.

Developed by Jiimy Byrnes, John Gordon and Bernie Rodger, The 1958 Peerless GT is a fiberglass 2+2. It was touted by Peerless as the "sports car for the family man". And that it was... In 1958 Peerless entered a car in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and managed to finish 16th overall, 1st in its class.

The Peerless uses Triumph TR3 running gear, and although it was heavier than the TR3, it was slightly quicker. It had its own unique de Dion rear suspension, and that, coupled with a fairly wide track (wider than the TR3), meant it rode and handled better than the TR3.

The Peerless was an attractive car and for awhile it looked like it would be a success. But management infighting eventually caused John Gordon to leave the company (he would go on to create the Gordon Keeble car company with Jim Keeble) and the company fell into disarray and eventually receivership.

The car being offered on eBay is a LHD car with a factory sunroof. The fiberglass body appears to be in nice shape and is complete except for the rear bumper and grill. The seller does not mention the condition of the frame or the drivetrain. The drivetrain, being from a TR3, is easy to get parts for.

The numbers vary depending on the source, but it appears that there were less than 400 of these cars built. This would be a great restoration project and a hit at any British car show.

Located in Stamford, CT, click here to see the eBay listing for this car.

Click here to see the Peerless GT website.

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