This 1933 Pierce-Arrow Series 836 Limousine rides on an extended 139-inch wheelbase. There were 2,152 Pierce-Arrows built for 1933, and this example was built near the close of 1933, as it was the 12 from the last created for that year. It is fitted with a 135-horsepower straight eight-cylinder engine that features hydraulic valve tappets, the first of its type in the industry, which promoted quiet operation and reduced maintenance.
In 2008, this elegant Limousine was offered for sale at the 'Quail Lodge, A Sale of Exceptional Motorcars and Automobilia' where it was estimated to sell for $90,000 - $125,000. A buyer willing to satisfy the cars reserve was not found, and the lot was left unsold.
This very late 1933 car, having been produced only 12 units before the end of Pierce-Arrow production for 1933, was delivered new to a Korean Prince during Japanese colonial rule. The car later accompanied him to Japan, where it was reportedly used until 1945 and then hidden away in a garage. This Formal Limousine remained in storage until 1980, when it was discovered and subsequently obtained by one of Japan's most prestigious private automotive museums. Later, the car went to New Zealand, where its paint, chrome and interior were renewed while its mechanics and chassis were overhauled.
After being away for nearly 75 years, the car returned to the United States. Following acquisition by the current owner, the car was thoroughly inspected and the repairs were made where needed. The electrical system was renewed, the various switches repaired or replaced, and a new battery was installed, spark plugs and an ignition cut-off switch were added. Other updates were done as needed.
In 2010, this Model 836 was offered for sale at the Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook event presented by RM Auctions. The car was estimated to sell for $75,000 - $100,000. Bidding reached $50,000 but was not enough to satisfy the car's reserve. It would remain unsold.Also photographed at :