As many other luxury automobiles moved to new V-8s and V-12 engines, Pierce-Arrow continued to produce large-displacement sixes through 1927. Their engine featured a T-head engine layout and was produced in several sizes. They were available in 38-, 48- and 66-horsepower variants. In 1918, the 38 and 66 were both discontinued and the 48 was redesigned with dual-valve cylinder heads providing high efficiency with four valves per cylinder. The Dual-Valve Six offered plenty of power and new silence.
The Pierce-Arrow was priced from $5,200 for the bare chassis and $8,200 for the Vestibule Suburban and its variants. The Model 48 was also available in close-coupled Four-Seat Roadster form from $6,400.
This Dual-Valve Four-Passenger Roadster is powered by a 524 cubic-inch T-head dual-valve six-cylinder engine capable of producing nearly 50 horsepower. It has a four-speed selective sliding-gear manual transmission and rear-wheel mechanical drum brakes.
It is believed to be one of two 1919 Model 48 Dual-Valve Four-Passenger Roadsters known to exist. It is equipped with drum-style 'New York' headlights, unlike the majority of Pierces built after 1913 with Herbert Dawley's patented fender-mounted units.
This vehicle was part of the Raymond Brown Collection during the 1980s and 1990s. During that time it received a show-quality cosmetic restoration. Following the passing of Mr. Brown, the car was sold in 1999 and acquired by Stuart Laidlaw, later passing to the McBride collection of the Pacific Northwest, under whom a mechanical refurbishment was undertaken.
IN 2008, the current owner acquired the car.
In 2012, this vehicle was offered for sale at RM Auctions sale in Scottsdale, Arizona. It was estimated to sell for $240,000-$280,000. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $165,000 inclusive of buyer's premium.