Pierce-Arrow was the most successful early exponent of the six-cylinder car in America. Their engine was the first to use hydraulic engine tappets, and their cars were pioneers in power braking. The company was also one of the early manufacturers to experiment with light alloy construction, streamlined bodywork, and power steering. Prior to World War I, Pierce-Arrow patented the now-famous Pierce-Arrow fender treatment. It was designed by Herbert Douley and featured distinctive headlamp-in-fender design that would endure for the remainder of Pierce-Arrow's existence.
This car was a gift to the AACA Museum from MBNA (now Bank of America) and was originally owned by Paramount Studios. It was used to chauffeur actress Marlene Dietrich to-and-from her home in the Hollywood Hills. The restoration was completed in 1998 by Ron and JoEllen Blissit in honor of Mr. Blisset's father who was a Pierce-Arrow dealer.