1931 Peerless Master 8 Sedan

 
 

 
 

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Anson

scale 1:18

Model number: 30396

 
     
 

Review of the model:

When one first make a search on the 1931 Peerless master 8 Sedan, on the internet. The pages are very sparse and the feeling emerge, this is rare car! And all this lead to the question why has Anson made a die-cast model car in scale 1:18 and how many have a desire to add this model in ones collection?

If you collect American model cars from the early 1930 and beyond, this very car is important to the history, as it was the first full metal body made car! The car was also a famous car in the luxury market of its heyday, beside Pierce Arrow and Packard. With this in mind, we most praise Anson for spoiling us with this model. Anson is now a defunct model maker brand, but luckily AutoWorld take up the job of continue production so the model should not be too hard to find.

So how good is the model? At first glance it is impressive in size and weight. The first that you see is how well the parts fit. This is a model with four opening doors and a four-part butterfly hood mechanism. Here are no gabs and the parts fit so well, one can at fist think they can not be opened But yes they can! Very good job Anson! One of the fashion features from this time period is the very fine painted lines around fenders, windows etc. and on this model car they have not spared any, as all the red/brown lines are here.

The big 120 hp. Continental Straight 8 engine is well made in 1:18 scale under the hood and all around the model many small chrome parts are present. I will also highlight the wheels on the model, as they are detailed with lovely wooden spokes and chrome bolts.

First time when we open the doors to the cabin or shall we call it the salon. It is huge and there is a pair of jump-seats too, this car can carry 8 passengers in comfort and for the back seat/sofa in luxury. A bit sad there is no carpet in the model, otherwise the interior is fine with instrument panel and movable steering wheel.

When we inspect the front of the car, the first we see are the big chrome headlights with very detailed realistic glass lenses here made in plastic. A fine delicate Peerless emblem sits on the huge grill. This Peerless has no hood ornament as other car have from this time period, but this was and extra option you could have custom made back then.

The back of the model car have a big rack to transport the trunk on. This was the time before the trunk was an integrated part of the car. This rack is not moveable on this model and the backlights are just painted over chrome parts in my opinion a bit shame.

But this model is wonderful and has a paint scheme that will stand out among the black Ford A models of its time. I was glad of finding this Anson 1931 Peerless Master 8 Sedan to my collection.

 

I will give this model 4 out of 6 stars  ******

Below here are pictures of the model, historical description, old brochures, technical data and a little movie clip for the real car. So please enjoy!

 

 

   

 

Hoax brochure page

 

 

 Impressive car and model

 
  Look at those headlights  
Well made wheels
This is a big and heavy model
Fine color scheme
In profile
Lots of chrome work
Open trunk rack
The back lights are just painted on the chrome parts
Beautiful model
Twin windshield vipers
8 passengers car with jump seats
Realistic engine compartment
Continental Straight 8 engine with a 322 cubic-inch displacement and developed 120 horsepower
Well made doors that fit perfect
Ready to step inside
The paintwork is very good
New Jersey license plate
Cozy interior
Fine details inside the model
 
 
     

 

 

History and Technical specification:

The history of Peerless began in 1874 in Cincinnati as a manufacturer of laundry equipment, expanding into bicycle manufacturing following a move into larger facilities in Cleveland, and soon followed by automobile production. The Peerless Motor Car Company was established in 1900 at 43 Lisbon Street in Cleveland, Ohio, producing motorcars using a license from the French Company De Dion-Bouton. Starting with motorettes and two-cylinder, three-wheeled vehicles, by 1904, a four-cylinder Peerless was built and made famous by Barney Oldfield as The Green Dragon. The early Peerless models were designed by engineer Louis P. Mooers, who also designed several proprietary engines. The Peerless Company became the first company to adopt what would become the standard of automobile design, a front-mounted engine powering the rear wheels via a solid drive shaft.

The Green Dragon competed in the world's first 24-hour endurance race in Columbus, Ohio in 1905 where it was driven by Earnest Bollinger, Aurther Feasel, and briefly by Barney Oldfield. For the first hour, the Peerless led the race but ultimately finished in 3rd place following a crash into a fence.

Peerless prestige, price, power, displacement size, and overall vehicle size continued to increase during the mid-1900s as the company's focus shifted towards luxury. They were one of the first car companies to introduce electric lighting on their vehicles, in 1911, with electric starters standardized in 1913. With the introduction of the electric starter, Peerless was able to increase the size of its six-cylinder engines. Its first V8 engine was introduced in 1915, just shortly after Cadillac introduced its V8, and would power Peerless vehicles until 1925 when the company began using engines from other manufacturers for its vehicles.

The relentless pursuit of greater horsepower, sophistication, and opulence throughout the entire automotive marketplace was relentless, with engines that included sizes of V-16, horsepower that exceeded 300 hp, large and sophisticated chassis designs, extravagant coachwork employing lightweight materials, and even front-wheel drive. In the wake of the stock market crash and the onset of the Great Depression, many companies were forced out of business. Peerless would be among them, with 1931 being its final year of producing vehicles, switching to the beer distribution business. Peerless built 851 vehicles in 1931 before going out of business in June. Approximately 1,274 examples were built of the 'Master Series' between 1930 and 1931.

Prior to being forced out of business, Peerless had commissioned Murphy Body Works to design what the company had hoped to be its 1933 model. The designs were penned by Frank Hershey under the guidance of Frank Spring, including the 1932 Peerless X-D V-16 prototype. Hershey would later be instrumental in creating the Pontiacs of the 1930s, the Cadillac tailfins that appeared in the late 1940s, spent several years at Packard and designing the 1955 Ford Thunderbird.

The Peerless Master Series was powered by a Continental Straight 8 engine with a 322 cubic-inch displacement and developed 120 horsepower on a 125-inch wheelbase. The sedan and coupe had a factory base price of approximately $2,000, the club sedan and brougham were $45 higher, and the cabriolet listed for $2,095.

The Master 8 with its 120 horsepower engine and the 125-inch wheelbase was the company's intermediate level vehicle, positioned above the Standard 8 with its 118-inch wheelbase, and below the Custom 8 resting on a 138-inch wheelbase. The 120 horsepower engine powered all 1931 Peerless vehicles. The Standard 8 had a base price of $1,495 for its coupe and sedan and $1,545 for its Brougham and Club Sedan. The Cabriolet had a price of $1,600. The Custom 8 was priced from $2,895 to $3,145, with its brougham selling for $2,845, the seven-passenger sedan at $2,945, and the limousine at $3,145.

The final Peerless was the 464 cubic-inch V16 prototype, built almost entirely from aluminum, representing the company's association with another Cleveland-based company, Alcoa.


                                                                                                   

 
 

Old brochures of the car

 
 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     
     
     

     
 

 

 
 

 

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Aeronautic Jan. 2022

 
 
 
     
     
     

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