1909 Peerless Model 19

RM Sotheby's Hershey 2021
Thursday, 7 October - Friday, 8 October 2021
Sale Price
$100,000 - $150,000
Est. Range
8 October 2021
Sold Date
Lot Number
Older restoration
RM Sotheby's
Auction House
Chassis no. 4882. Ivory with red coachlines and black leatherette top over dark red leather. RHD. 411/38 ALAM hp T-head four, Jones speedometer, Gray & Davis headlights and kerosene sidelights, Nonpareil bulb horn, dual right side spares with Auto Trunk toolbox, body color wood spoke wheels, Silvertown blackwall tires, jump seats, wicker trunk and umbrella basket, Blackledge Velvet damped rear spring shackles, later hydraulic brakes fitted for touring.

Evaluation: Good paint, bright brass, sound lightly used upholstery. Meticulously restored, shown, then toured. Comfortable front seats. Known history since the 1950s, restored by Dr. Stanley Cope and an AACA NFP winner in 1960 then upgraded with hydraulic brakes. Re-restored in the late 1970s, painted in 1991 and a new top in 1998. Acquired by Les Holden in 2002, displayed and toured since but still in very good condition. Offered from the Les Holden collection.

Bottom Line: This is a magnificent automobile: “Peerless” indeed. Bidding started at the low estimate and proceeded expeditiously to this result which is $110,000 (73 percent) more than the pre-sale high estimate. Being one of only two known surviving 1909 Model 19s it well never be overlooked whether on the show field or on tour where its big T-head four will give it freeway-level touring performance.

by Rick Carey
20 November 2021
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