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25 July 2015

The Richard & Linda Kughn Collection

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Lot 115

1930 Pierce-Arrow Model B Five-Passenger Sedan

  • Engine no. 200425
  • Body no. 139-S-145
  • Engine Casting no. 123379

$40,000 - $50,000


125 bhp, 366 cu. in. L-head inline eight-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission, solid front and live rear axles with semi-elliptical leaf-spring suspension, and four-wheel mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 139 in.

  • Offered from the collection of Richard and Linda Kughn
  • Formerly owned by Ed Oberhaus; long-term enthusiast ownership
  • An excellent CARavan or AACA tour car
  • CCCA Full Classic


Two very significant events in Pierce-Arrow’s history occurred in 1928. The venerable company was not healthy despite the relative popularity of the lower-priced Series 80. New models were needed, and salvation came in the form of an alliance with Studebaker, which had a hefty cash surplus and a desire to offer a true luxury model.

A new engine was developed for 1929 and was much lighter than the big T-head six it replaced. At 125 brake horsepower, it provided 25 percent more power from fewer cubic inches, as well as smooth and vibration-proof operation. The year 1929 was the best ever for Pierce with nearly 10,000 cars sold, and optimism still reigned for 1930. New models for 1930 were simply designated A, B, and C, from the largest and most expensive to the smallest and least expensive. There were now four wheelbases and three sizes of engines. The new 366-cubic inch unit was used in the Model B. The flagship Model A had 385 cubic inches, and the “economy” Model C offered a 340-cubic inch engine. Prices started at $2,695 and rose to $8,025.

The handsome Model B Sedan offered here was acquired by Mr. and Mrs. Kughn from the well-known Oberhaus Collection in Archbold, Ohio. It is believed to have been an Archbold resident for many years, with previous local owners including Curt Beck and R.B. Keller, going back to the late 1960s.

The Kughns have since enjoyed displaying it many times at Pierce-Arrow Society events, including the annual Gathering at Gilmore; indeed, notes their collection managers, “this is a runner,” which they have enjoyed driving on PAS occasions. It is finished in a rich dark plum and black, with a very striking interior in red cloth surrounded by beautifully tailored woodwork. It features wooden artillery wheels, rare by 1930, as well as a wooden luggage rack, a correct woodgrain dashboard with Waltham and North East gauges, and inertia-reel window shades, courtesy lamps, and wood ashtrays in the rear compartment. Importantly, the car appears to have much of its original body woodwork, with the body number stamped into the floorboard.

This wonderful, charming, and well-presented family sedan is an ideal car for future Pierce-Arrow Society events or CCCA CARavans, with typical Pierce quality in its every nut and bolt.

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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Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more