In 1869, Peerless started in Cincinnati, Ohio, by producing a clothes wringer that turned out to be quite profitable. In 1891, Peerless moved into the bicycle industry and produced 10,000 bicycles annually.
Peerless bought DeDion Bouton, a successful French company, about a decade after Peerless joined the bicycle industry. They then started producing motorized tricycles and quadricycles in American. Peerless wanted to create their own line of automobiles, so by August 1903, Peerless had a 16hp two-cylinder, 24hp four-cylinder Type 8, 35hp Type 7, and a rare 60hp Type 12, that was offered for 1904.
This aluminum body on the car was built by J.M. Quinby Company in the style of Roi des Belges (King of Belgium). This also refers to the large tulip-like bulges from behind the seats that came from European styling. This Type 8 was the most modern and fastest production car in 1904.
This vehicle completed the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run in England three times.