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Lot 149

1933 Pierce-Arrow Eight Limousine

  • Chassis no. 1550247

Sold for $60,500

Series 836. 135 bhp, 366 cu. in. L-head inline eight-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission, solid front and live rear axles with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 139 in.

  • Fascinating history; “The Korean Prince’s Pierce”
  • Formerly owned by Marvin Tamaroff
  • Recently serviced and sorted

Based upon its serial number, this extended-wheelbase Model 836 Pierce-Arrow has been confirmed as a very late-production 1933 car, with only 12 units produced before the end of Pierce production for that model year. It was reportedly originally delivered new to a Korean prince, during the time of Japanese colonial rule, and it later accompanied him to Japan. It was used by the prince until 1945 and then hidden away in a garage.

It remained in storage until 1980, when it was discovered and subsequently purchased by one of Japan’s most prestigious private automobile museums. Later, it traveled to New Zealand, where its paint, chrome, and interior were renewed and the chassis and mechanical components were fully overhauled. Finally, it returned to the United States, making its first appearance there in over 75 years.

While in the care of well-known and respected collector Marvin Tamaroff, of Michigan, this Pierce-Arrow was thoroughly inspected by Brian Joseph’s noted firm, Classic & Exotic Service, of Troy, Michigan. The electrical system was renewed, with various switches being repaired and replaced, along with the installation of a new battery, spark plugs, and an ignition cut-off switch. The fuel lines and fuel tank were overhauled; new gaskets for the thermostat, oil cooler, and water pump were installed; and all fluids were replaced. The wheels and brake drums were removed and inspected, and the power brake unit was drained. The windshield wiper motors and their vacuum system were repaired, along with many other ancillary items.

With its fascinating history, this Series 836 Formal Limousine remains a great example of the storied Pierce-Arrow marque. As offered, it is properly sorted and starts easily, and it runs great, rides well, and is truly beautiful. It would be ideal for touring use, or perhaps for serving as “Something Blue” in an elegant wedding, just as it recently did for the delighted daughter of its present owner.

Please contact our exclusive automotive transportation partner, Reliable Carriers, for a shipping quote or any other information on the transport of this vehicle.

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