Sometimes important decisions come down to a split second where you just have to go with your gut. While leaving is son Paul's soccer game in the early 1990s, Ron Cressey spotted a 1959 Peerless GT on a car transporter. It turned out the owner was moving and shipping the car with him. Not wanting to let the opportunity pass, Ron started negotiating and bought the car on the spot. It took him another five years to restore it for vintage racing.

Cressey certainly has an eye for rarity because Peerless is among the lesser known British sports car builders. The company went out of business in 1960 and only sold cars for a few years. For the GT, Peerless took the engine, transmission and front suspension from a Triumph TR3, plus a Jaguar rear differential, and crafted a coupe body over it all.

As usual, Petrolicious contributes cinematography that is among the best anywhere on the web, and its sound mix allows the Peerless' four-cylinder engine to really sing. Scroll down to learn more about this vintage racer and the father/son connection that keeps it at the track.


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      Lachmund
      • 4 Months Ago
      Wow! Blown away by the car an the production.
      SloopJohnB
      • 4 Months Ago
      Pretty cool…a tractor motor from a Triumph TR3 and a Jag rear end. Now swap out the tractor motor and put in an Offenhauser 4banger and claim it was put in by the factory...
        Steve
        • 3 Months Ago
        @SloopJohnB

        I have one with a 240Z engine and twin Webers. Light fast and noisy.

      Brodz
      • 4 Months Ago
      Never heard of Peerless. Now I have