1935 Pierce-Arrow 845 news, pictures, specifications, and information
Chassis Num: 2090110
This vehicle sits on a 138 inch wheelbase and has undergone a mechanical upgrade which replaced the original 385 cubic-inch engine with a 400 cubic-inch unit.
George N. Pierce began producing automobiles in 1901. Prior to this his talents were used for making everything from bicycles to birdcages. The first automobile by Pierce was the Motorettes and powered by a DeDion Bouton engine. Within a few years, the vehicles were powered by two-cylinders. In 1904 the Pierce Great Arrow was introduced and its four-cylinder engine with stylish body and superior durability made it extremely popular and sought after. By 1907 Pierce raised the bar even further by offering the Great Arrows with six-cylinder engines. By 1909 the company had changed its name to Pierce-Arrow.
The bodies were comprised of cast-aluminum and throughout the vehicle only the finest materials could be found. The vehicles pioneered the use of power brakes and hydraulic tappets. They were elegant, powerful, reliable, and mechanically advanced. The designs were equally advanced. In 1913 the Pierce-Arrow continued to distinguish itself from the competition by incorporating fender-mounted headlamps which now came standard on all series. Perhaps the pinnacle of mechanical stature was the Model 66 which had a 60 horsepower six-cylinder engine and sat on a wheelbase that was in excess of twelve feet. The price tag was equally as impassive, setting the buyer back between $6500 to $8000.
After World War I the company experienced difficulties due to a variety of problems. In 1924 the company introduced the Series 80 which proved the versatility of the company. Competition had become very fierce for the high-priced automotive segment so Pierce had made the decision to create a lower-priced automobile that continued the company's reputation for elegance and reliability. It was powered by a six-cylinder engine.
The six-cylinder engine may have been part of the ultimate demise of the company. Other marques were offering larger eight-cylinder engines which Pierce was stubborn and felt that the six-cylinder engine was more than adequate. As a result, the competition continued to improve and expanded their clientele base. By 1930 Pierce was playing 'catch-up' as they poured much money and resources into the development of an eight-cylinder engine. Once again, they were a few years too late as many marques introduced twelve-cylinder units. Within a few years Cadillac and Marmon shocked the world with their impressive sixteen cylinder engines that were far suprioer to the rest of the market.
The Pierce eight was a technically advanced engine in all respects. It was outfitted with the best materials and built to high standards and workmanship. By 1931 Pierce had introduced a twelve cylinder engine and was again a player in the multi-cylinder race.
A union with the Studebaker Company was expected to help during the hard times brought on by the Great Depression. The union would prove to be a failure and by 1933 the Pierce-Arrow Company entered receivership. The company was reorganized and by May of 1935 was free of bankruptcy. The company focused on generating revenue for the struggling company. In in effort to cut costs, there was little development and few new designs for the next few years.
The Packard Company was managing to stay afloat by creating a lower-cost line that appealed to a broader market segment and had increased revenue and sales. Pierce-Arrow attempted to mimic their achievement by introducing the low-priced One-Twenty model. The move may have worked if it had been done earlier, and Pierce-Arrow was forced to cease production in 1938. On Friday, May 13th the company was sold at auction.
By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2008
The Pierce-Arrow was a status symbol, owned by many Hollywood stars and corporate tycoons; royalty of many foreign nations had at least one Pierce-Arrow in their collections. Among American luxury cars it was rivaled only by the Peerless and Packard, which collectively received the accolade 'Three P's of Motordom.' Pierce-Arrow advertisements were artistic and understated. Some advertisements featured the car in places an automobile would not normally go, such as the West and other rural settings, a testament to car's ruggedness and quality. This Model 845 Coupe is one of two remaining with a rear-mounted spare accentuating the graceful sweep of the fenders.
Chassis Num: 2090212
Engine Num: 310265
|Sold for $46,000 at 2007 Bonhams.|
In 2007 it was brought to Carmel, California where it was offered for sale at Bonhams auction, An Important Sale of Collectors' Motorcars and Automobilia. The lot was sold for $46,000 plus premium and tax.
By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2008
Pierce-Arrow offered three series for 1935, which included 18 body styles and a variety of custom bodies, as well as three different chassis lengths and a choice of either an 8- or 12-cylinder engine.
Production for the year amounted to just 875 vehicles.
By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2011
This Pierce-Arrow was sold new in Baltimore, Maryland in 1935, spending much of its early life in nearby Towson. It was cosmetically re-restored in 2010. One of two known convertible coupes, it is one of only 875 cars produced by the Buffalo, New York firm in 1935. Pierce-Arrow was gone after the 1938 model year.
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|1935 Pierce-Arrow models|
|Pierce Arrow 1245 Twelve|
|Pierce Arrow Model 840|
|Similarly Priced Vehicles from 1935|
|Packard 1203 Super Eight ($3,000-$3,000)|
|Packard 1204 Super Eight ($3,000-$5,700)|
|Cadillac Model 355 ($2,350-$5,595)|
Average Auction Sale: $60,125
|Other models by Pierce-Arrow|
|38||Model 36||Model 43||Model 48||Model 66||Model 80/81||Series 33||Twelve|
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