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Lot 119

1920 Pierce-Arrow Seven-Passenger Sedan

  • Chassis no. 321946

Sold for $60,500

Model 32. 38 hp, 414 cu. in. twin-ignition dual-valve T-head six, three-speed manual transmission, solid front axle and live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel mechanical brakes. Wheelbase: 138"

- From the Lyle Reiswig Collection

- Single ownership for the last quarter century

- Ex-Oberhaus Collection

- Recent mechanical service & detailing

- Wonderfully patinated older restoration

After World War I, Pierce-Arrow narrowed its offerings; in 1918 there were 56 different chassis-body combinations to choose from and only 10 in 1921. The only chassis offered that year was the Model 32, a refined version of the previous dual-valve T-head which displaced 414 cubic inches and produced 38 horsepower. Only 2,239 Model 32s were built before further modifications necessitated renaming it the Model 33. This example, chassis 321946, has been in the care of its present owner for over 25 years.

This Model 32 sedan spent part of its life in the highly regarded Oberhaus Collection where it was restored circa 1980 at a cost of $125,000. The vendor acquired the Pierce around 1985 and continued to maintain it in his own climate-controlled facility. Prior to restoration, 321946 was reportedly well preserved; the original wood even bears the stamp of designer Leon Rubay, who penned the bodies for the Model 32 as well as the contemporary Marmon and Duesenberg.

It is equipped with covered dual side-mounted spares, a rear seat exhaust heat exchanger and seasonal floor coverings. The owner notes that the Pierce ran very well at the time of acquisition, and he has used it sparingly in order to preserve the wonderful condition. Chassis 321946 has recently been given a proper mechanical service to ensure driving reliability, and it has also been thoroughly detailed. At a time when a Ford Model T sedan was $725 and a Twin Six Packard could be had for $6,600, the $9,000 Pierce-Arrow was the most expensive American motor car, and the quality of this example is a true testament to that heritage.

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