Peerless (UK car)

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The Peerless was a British car made by Peerless Cars Ltd. of Slough, Berkshire, between 1957 and 1960, when the company failed. The company was resurrected by one of the original founders, Bernie Rodger as Bernard Roger Developments BRD Ltd and marketed as the Warwick from a base in Colnbrook, Buckinghamshire, between 1960 and 1962.

1958 Peerless

Peerless[edit]

The prototype of this British-built sports saloon which was alloy bodied and initially named Warwick, was designed by Bernie Rodger for company founders John Gordon and James Byrnes.[1]

The car had been renamed the Peerless GT by the time series production started in 1957. It featured Triumph TR3 running gear in a tubular space frame with de Dion tube rear suspension clothed in attractive fibreglass 4-seater bodywork. While the car had good performance it was expensive to produce and the overall fit and finish was not as good as that of similarly priced models from mainstream manufacturers. The Phase II version had an improved body largely moulded in one piece.

About 325 were made.[2]

A works car was entered in the 1958 24 Hours of Le Mans finishing 16th.

Production ceased in 1960 after about 325 examples had been produced.

Warwick[edit]

Warwick GT
Overview
Production1960–1962
LayoutFR layout
Powertrain
Engine1991 cc
Dimensions
Wheelbase94 in (2,388 mm)[3]
Length175 in (4,445 mm)[3]
Width64 in (1,626 mm)[3]
Height51 in (1,295 mm)[3]

Bernie Rodger restarted production of the car as the Warwick a much improved version of the original Peerless GT car but with minor changes to the appearance such as a one-piece forward hinged front end, a stiffer space-frame chassis and a revised dashboard. Although it was produced from 1960–1962, only about 40 cars are thought to have been built.[4]

A car was tested by the British magazine The Motor in 1961 and was found to have a top speed of 105.3 mph (169.5 km/h) and could accelerate from 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 12.6 seconds. A fuel consumption of 32 mpg‑imp (8.8 L/100 km; 27 mpg‑US) was recorded. The test car cost £1666 including taxes.[3]

Two prototypes of a successor car, the 3.5 Litre or 305GT, were made in 1961 and featured the light alloy Buick V8 engine that was later taken up by Rover.[2]

John Gordon, together with Jim Keeble (who had previously inserted a Buick V-8 engine into a Peerless), subsequently used the Peerless space-frame as the basis for a Chevrolet-powered car with Giugiaro-designed, Bertone-built bodywork, initially shown in 1960 as the Gordon GT, and which eventually reached production in 1964 as the Gordon-Keeble.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Georgano, N. (2000). Beaulieu Encyclopedia of the Automobile. London: HMSO. ISBN 1-57958-293-1.
  2. ^ a b Robson, Graham (2006). A–Z British Cars 1945–1980. Devon, UK: Herridge & Sons. ISBN 0-9541063-9-3.
  3. ^ a b c d e "The Warwick GT Saloon". The Motor. 26 April 1961.
  4. ^ Sedgwick, M.; Gillies.M (1986). A-Z of Cars 1945-1970. Devon, UK: Bay View Books. ISBN 1-870979-39-7.

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