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From Barn Find to Chairman's Award Winner at the 2014 Lake Mirror Concours D'Elegance
By: Joanne & Brando Pistorius, Tampa, FL, www.OldWheel.com
Any car person who loves the roaring '20s era knows what you mean when you refer to the "3 P's." It is an acronym for the most popular of the high end cars of the late '20s - Packard, Pierce-Arrow and Peerless. But would you be surprised to know that Peerless is the most rare of the 3? Having been in production for only 30 years, today there are less than 350 Peerless automobiles known to exist. Would you also be surprised to hear that Peerless even outsold Packard in 1920? Yes, it is a fact. But interestingly, Peerless is the only company of the "3 P's" that did not go out of business. The Board of Directors of Peerless made the business decision in 1931 to cease manufacturing automobiles and change their manufacturing plant into a brewery for Carling Black Label Beer. They made one car as their swan song, a 1932 V16 aluminum bodied Peerless currently housed in the Crawford Museum in Ohio. With the end of Prohibition, and the advent of the Great Depression, sadly this was a smart business decision after all. Fine automobiles struggled to survive the challenges of the Depression and WWII.
This 1929 Peerless Sedan was a virtual "barn find" when Brando and Joanne Pistorius found it in Valparaiso, Indiana. This car was bought in a collection of five by the owner who had parked them in his barn for the past 25 years. Prior to that, they had been well kept in Pound, Virginia, as part of the Dexter Dotson Collection for over 30 years. After Mr. Dotson passed away in 1991, his widow put the collection up for sale. It was only after the buyers closed their deal for these five Peerless' did they come to realize that they were actually cousins to the Dotson's!
This 1929 Peerless Sedan is a Model Six-81, one of eight known to exist, and the only one with unique steel "artillery" wheels. While Mr. Dotson gave it a complete restoration over 30 years ago, current owner Brando Pistorius recently completed a partial restoration that came out just beautiful. The mohair interior was intact and in good condition, but the paint and chrome needed to be completely redone. Brando also made certain that the mechanical and electrical condition of the car would be in excellent running condition. The Pistorius are known for their touring and do not shirk from driving their beauties. They once drove their 1930 Packard from Tampa, Florida, to Montreal, Canada (over 4,000 miles in 23 days).
This 1929 Peerless is a 4-door Sedan with a Continental 6-cylinder engine, 66hp, 248.3 cubic inches, 116" wheel base. A roomy 5-passenger car with footrest in the back, handrail that holds a Peerless embroidered blanket, 3 new pull down shades for privacy and a mounted bud vase. The rear mounted spare wheel and 5 new whitewall tires complete the look of real distinction and class for this historic vehicle.
Alfa Romeo Club meets at Old Wheel Restorations
This video is a short look at the quality work we do. Special thanks to our super talented son-in-law, Griffin Partilla, who created this fantastic video. And to the star of the show, our grand-daughter Lorelei, cheers to the next generation who love great historic cars!
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We are full service restoration experts who renovate extraordinary cars to their original glory, with great attention to detail and authenticity. Our expertise is in mechanical, body, electrical, interior, exterior and accessories. From Horseless Carriages to Hot-Rods, our show quality detailing of your exterior, interior and engine compartment will amaze you!
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A 2 Year Restoration comes to the end, the 1950 Riley is ready for the 2021 Gasparilla Concours d'Elegance!
The Horseless Carriage Club tour stops for lunch at Old Wheel Restorations
Ron Martin & Brando Pistorius competed in last years Great Race. Click Here to see some photos from the road!
The All American Heritage Picnic is Back by Popular Demand!
Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022
Mark your calendar to join in on a very popular day with your car friends. Of course it is free, but you have to bring a food dish from your family heritage to share! What fun it is to hear stories of our ancestors' journey to America, and with the interesting delicious foods, it's really a unique cruise-in with our car collector friends. Email us for more information
Come join us at the Hillsborough Region AACA Club
(Antique Automobile Club of America).
We preserve history through the restoration of fine automobiles. We respect the craftsmanship and the technology that evolved to create transportation that truly represents art in motion.
We are always on the hunt for barn finds, rare collections, and unique autos. We buy, restore, and sell interesting cars to collectors from all over the world.
Below are a few of the vehicles we have worked on this year. It is our privilege to get them back to their original beauty and running condition.