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30 July 2016

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Lot 122

1924 Pierce-Arrow Model 33 Seven-Passenger Touring

  • Chassis no. 339177
  • Engine no. 339169

Sold for $60,500


70 bhp, 415 cu. in. T-head inline six-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission, solid front and semi-floating rear axles with semi-elliptical leaf spring suspension, and four-wheel mechanical brakes. Wheelbase: 138 in.

  • A “big horsepower” T-head Pierce
  • Formerly of the renowned Barney Pollard collection
  • Quality older restoration in beautiful colors
  • Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) Full Classic


In contrast to its rivals Peerless and Packard, which introduced a V-8 and V-12, respectively, in 1916, Pierce-Arrow held firm to tried-and-true inline six-cylinder power through 1927 . . . and what a six it was! Except for the smaller, lighter, and less expensive Model 80 introduced in 1925, Pierce-Arrow’s trademark sixes were large and powerful T-head designs, with four valves per cylinder and dual ignition systems. They held true to a grand tradition of outstanding engineering and robust performance, and they made these some of the greatest American automobiles of their era.

The 1924 Model 33 Seven-Passenger Touring offered here was sold decades ago by Randal Shaffer of New Castle, Pennsylvania, to Barney Pollard. To longtime enthusiasts in the Detroit area, Mr. Pollard’s name requires no introduction. One of the first true “antique car collectors,” he began filling his Motor City warehouses with Brass and Classic Era automobiles that no one wanted in the 1930s, actually stacking many of them on-end in order to conserve space. Over the years, his vast hoard was featured many times in popular magazines and newspapers, making him, in his time, one of the most famous collectors in America. By the time that most of his cars were auctioned in the 1970s, he owned around 1,200 automobiles, most of which he can be credited with saving from scrap drives and junkyards. Many have since been restored and are now part of some of the world’s great collections.

This Pierce-Arrow has been in the Pollard Family for decades and was restored for the current owners, with crimson bodywork accented by black moldings and fenders. The interior is upholstered in black leather with red carpets, with a pair of folding jump seats of sturdy construction and a jaunty accessory windshield in the rear compartment, making it ideal for parades and family use. The car rides on four wooden artillery wheels, with dual rear-mounted spares, giving it an especially sporting and lengthy appearance.

Recognized as a Full Classic by the Classic Car Club of America, this Model 33 of wonderful provenance would be an ideal choice for CCCA shows and activities, as well as for events of the Pierce-Arrow Society.

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Alexander Weaver

aweaver@rmsothebys.com

+1 864 313 6844
California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

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+44 (0) 74 1511 4179
United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

bruprecht@rmsothebys.com

+1 203 912 7168
Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

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+1 415 302 2247
California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

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+1 617 513 0388
United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

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+1 954 566 2209
Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

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+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

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+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

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+1 717 623 1638
California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

mmalamut@rmsothebys.com

+1 805 231 6410
California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

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+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

mfairbairn@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

ocamelin@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 75 0110 7447
United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

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+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

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+1 519 784 9300
Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

smyers@rmsothebys.com

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

tvandervelden@rmsothebys.com

+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

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