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Fall 2009 Consignments
1959 Peerless 2 + 2 GT

The Peerless GT is one of the more intriguing and influential British low volume performance cars in the late Fifties, but its name surprisingly derives from the American Peerless company. Introduced in 1957 as a 2-seat coupe with Triumph running gear both Peerless founders Jimmy Byrnes and Bernie Roger and Triumph management recognized it had more potential as a 2+2. The rectangular tubing semi-space frame chassis was widened and lengthened accordingly and the increased size made room for a deDion rear axle which contributed much to the handling, adhesion and roadholding of the Peerless GT. Fitted with a fiberglass body featuring a prominent pair of finned rear fenders flanking a deep fastback rear deck, the Peerless GT used the TR3 front suspension, engine and gearbox. This Peerless GT MKI has been thoroughly and completely restored from the ground up. Finished in red with tan leather upholstery, it is fitted with electric overdrive for high speed cruising and chrome wire wheels. A rare and very pretty car, the Triumph engine has been polished and detailed to show quality standards with polished SU carbs, valve cover, and intake manifold. An electric fan has been fitted. Lefthand drive for the American and Continental market, it is a very rare and strikingly attractive automobile done to very high standards throughout. Based on standard Triumph and British components service is simple and parts are readily available. Recently a company in the U.K. has begun to manufacture new Peerless frames and body components as well, making this one of the simplest and most cost-effective limited production 2+2 GTs available today and a car that will always be among the most exclusive and unusual on any tour or show field.