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In addition to sport car and luxury sedan collection, I seek to collect the best of the best when it comes to vintage American cars. I already have a Duesenberg Model J, Cadillac V16 Phaeton, Auburn 851, and Packard Brewster but would like to add the Peerless to my collection. A lot of these luxury sedans look quite alike but what I really like are the different ornaments; I feel like they give the car a lot of presence and character. With the Peerless, as beautiful as it is, I noticed that it's missing the hood ornament on the model even though the box itself shows it as having one and can actually be found on the real-life representation.

See for yourselves:

real-life 1:1

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/dd/59/09/dd59095e84c99bf560eb1ffc23d07b55.jpg

ERTL box

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/7179zzZmNoL._AC_SL1500_.jpg

1/18 model

https://cdn3.volusion.com/qzhug.remqt/v/vspfiles/photos/AW261-8.jpg?v-cache=1576754036

I know the following is kind of a dumb question but I'm just wondering if there's an even remote chance the hood ornament is included in the box but for safety reasons, isn't attached to the model? I have seen this with a Kyosho Rolls-Royce Phantom Vii first-hand. It seems counter-intuitive since the Autoworld Cadillac V16 Phaeton and Auburn 851 boattail I have had their ornaments secured to the car.
 

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Hmm, good question. Yeah, from the pictures it seems like there isn't one, just a flat circle where it should go.

Maybe email them to confirm ?

https://www.autoworl...uct-p/aw261.htm
Yeah I reached out to them in the live chat cause I thought they'd know but it seems like they'll have to look further into this and contact me. Could be the make or break decision in terms of buying it; the circle with a hole makes it look quite awkward and for $110 USD (plus shipping), I feel like I deserve an explanation. I'm surprised there aren't any reviews on this model anywhere on this site or Diecastsociety...
 

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I have to congratulate you for your keen eye and for taking the initiative to investigate an issue BEFORE pulling the trigger on the purchase. I have been guilty of falling in love with models and overlooking features that to others seemed obvious; I can't tell you how often I've proudly posted pics of my cars only to have a DX'er look at the pics that I took and notice something off that I completely missed.

Example: This Carousel 1 Lotus 56-Turbine that I bought on eBay was one of my first-ever diecast models, so I admit that at the time I was very much a newbie to the hobby. The seller didn't mention any flaws and well after taking delivery I DID notice the fault on the left mirror but casually attributed it to a manufacturing flaw. Someone on here took one look at the pic and correctly surmised the mirror had been broken off and poorly reattached:



Fourteen years later I am far more sophisticated in my shopping research but things still occasionally escape me in my enthusiasm for a model. You are an inspiration, sir!
 

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That could be a case of it being the right model with the wrong name on the box.

According to this info: https://www.conceptcarz.com/z24147/peerless-master-8.aspx

The Master 8 with its 120 horsepower engine and the 125-inch wheelbase was the company's intermediate level vehicle, positioned above the Standard 8 with its 118-inch wheelbase, and below the Custom 8 resting on a 138-inch wheelbase. The 120 horsepower engine powered all 1931 Peerless vehicles.
I looked up pictures of the Master, Standard and Custom, and the Custom doesn't have a radiator ornament.

Here's an old photo of the 1931 Custom 8, from this forum here: https://forums.aaca.org/topic/286817-classic-era-peerless/


And a 1932 Custom 8, also with no radiator cap ornament:


Google search with tons of photos: https://www.google.com/search?q=site%3Aaaca.org+peerless+custom+8&tbm=isch&ved=2ahUKEwjB_ejc4ZLxAhUDFsAKHehlAvIQ2-cCegQIABAA&oq=site%3Aaaca.org+peerless+custom+8&gs_lcp=CgNpbWcQA1DEtgNY8sIDYOHGA2gAcAB4AIABTIgBggSSAQE3mAEAoAEBqgELZ3dzLXdpei1pbWfAAQE&sclient=img&ei=HgLFYMH2L4OsgAboy4mQDw&bih=927&biw=1920&client=firefox-b-d#imgrc=o4KpxYzlKBKvsM

Might be that the Auto World crowd had photos of the "Custom" 8 to base the model on, but then they thought that was a "Master" 8, or said "who cares, they all look the same".

Or... they were meant to make the Custom 8 (because it was the top of the line) but wrongly named it "Master 8" on the box.

Obviously the decision makers and/or people in charge of checking for errors (if there are any) didn't care enough to have the mistake corrected either way, probably because it's selling all the same.
 
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