1900 - 1931

Peerless

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Peerless, a name that resonates with history and prestige in the automotive world, started its journey in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1900. Founded by James Shipman, Charles Schmidt, and Albert A. Pope, the company initially delighted in the manufacturing of clothes wringers before shifting gears towards the burgeoning automobile industry. The transition was marked by the debut of the Peerless “Model 5,” the brand’s inaugural car, which was powered by a single-cylinder engine and stood out for its reliability and style.

As one of the esteemed members of the “Three Ps” of American motordom—alongside Packard and Pierce-Arrow—Peerless quickly established itself as a symbol of luxury and innovative engineering. It introduced several firsts, including the use of aluminum in its engines and establishing a standard for enclosed luxury vehicles.

However, the onset of the Great Depression saw the company pivot from automobile production to brewing, under the name Peerless Brewing Corporation. Despite this significant shift, the Peerless name has continued to be synonymous with innovation and quality. Today, the brand’s legacy is celebrated by enthusiasts and historians alike, a testament to its enduring impact on the automotive landscape, though it no longer produces cars. Peerless remains a fascinating study of adaptability and excellence in American industrial history.

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