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In 1929, Pierce-Arrow launched two new cars available on two wheelbase sizes, measuring 133- and 144-inches. Various bodystyles were available ontop of these chassis and sales reached 9,700 examples for the Company, their best year to date. The names of these two newly introduced cars were the Series 133 and Series 144, due to their wheelbase sizes. Under the bonnet was a inline eight-cylinder engine with side-valve technology and nine main bearings. Horsepower was exceptional, measuring 125 from the 365.4 cubic-inch powerplant. The engine was mated to a three-speed manual gearbox which powered the rear wheels.

As the economic turmoil of the late 1920s and early 1930s began to show its ugly head, most luxury marque's seemed oblivious to the fact and continued to introduce large and expensive automobiles powered by mammoth engines. The pool of potential customers dwindled and many maruqes were forced to go the way of the dinosaur. Sales for Pierce-Arrow plummeted to 6,795 for 1930, and 4,522 for the following year. These slow sale figures seemed to fuel Pierce-Arrow's desire to continued in the luxury car market, and they introduced an improved Eight model, followed by a side-valve V12 engine in 1932.

In 1933, Studebaker who had purchased Pierce-Arrow a few years prior, was forced to sell Pierce-Arrow. The company was purchased by a group of Buffalo based investors and Pierce continued to create and sell automobiles until 1937. 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 | Jul 2007
Chassis Num: 2007674
High bid of $37,500 at 2009 RM Auctions. (did not sell)
Pierce-Arrow introduced the lower-priced Series 80 models to help render their poor financial health. Sadly, it did not provide the financial assistance they were seeking. A new plan was needed; more specifically, new models were required. With little money available for development, the short-term solution was an alliance with the Studebaker Company, which was cash-rich at the time. Though it was called a 'merger', the resulting deal was actually more of an acquisition of Pierce-Arrow by Studebaker. Studebaker provided the necessary funds Pierce-Arrow was seeking and enabled the development of a new eight-cylinder engine.

The new engine had an L-head design and weighed 100 pounds less than the big T-head six it replaced. It was rated at 125 brake horsepower and offered 25 percent more power from a 12 percent smaller displacement.

The new Model 133, named for its wheelbase, started at $2,775. It was available in no fewer than 12 body styles and contributed to record 1929 sales levels of 8,000 units, an accomplishment that would sadly never be repeated.

This 1929 Pierce-Arrow Model 133 Club Brougham has a well-known history from the Pierce Arrow Society. It is one of six known examples within the 2001 Pierce-Arrow Register. All of its mechanical, electrical and chassis components were rebuilt between 1989 and 2006. It has a recent exterior finish and fitted with many desirable features including dual side mounted spare tires with original Pierce-Arrow mirrors, wire wheels with new snap rings, a luggage rack and a body-colored trunk.

In 2009, this example was offered for sale at the Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook presented by RM Auctions. It was estimated to sell for $50,000 - $60,000. As bidding came to a close, the lot had failed to sell after reaching a high bid of $37,500.

By Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2009
Chassis Num: 2003956
High bid of $100,000 at 2009 RM Auctions. (did not sell)
This Model 133 Roadster was treated to a complete restoration in the mid-1960s. It was acquired in the late 1960s by the Harrah Collection and originally owned by Adolphus Busch, co-founder of the Anheuser-Busch breweries, and was used at his winter home in Pasadena, California. It was purchased in the 1980s from one of the Harrah dispersal auctions by Pat Craig. It was sold to the present owner in 1991.

The car is painted in red with black fenders and accents. It was awarded 'Best Paint' honors at a local show in 2005. There are six chrome wire wheels and hte interior is black leather, with matching door panels and black carpet on the cockpit floor. The odometer shows 24,156 miles and the car carries California year-of-manufacture license plates.

It is estimated that 6,000 Model 133 cars were built in 1929 with fewer than 200 of them roadsters.

In 2009, this example was offered for sale at the Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook presented by RM Auctions. It was estimated to sell for $140,000 - $180,000. As bidding came to a close, the lot failed to sell after reaching a high bid of $100,000.

By Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2009
By 1928, despite the relative popularity of the medium priced Series 81, Pierce-Arrow still remained in poor financial health. Clearly, new models were needed, but with little money available for development, the short-term solution was a business alliance with cash-rich Studebaker. Officially called a 'merger', Studebaker did provide the required funds for a new Pierce-Arrow model and enabled the development of a new eight-cylinder engine in the process.

The 1929 eight-cylinder Model 133, so named for its wheelbase, was priced considerably lower than the six-cylinder models offered the year before and brought Pierce-Arrow quality to a broader market. Available in no fewer than 12 body styles, the Model 133 contributed to record 1929 sales levels of nearly 10,000 units, an accomplishment that would sadly never be repeated.
Chassis Num: 2005018
In 1928, the Studebaker Corporation of South Bend, IN purchased controlling interest in Pierce-Arrow. While engineering and manufacturing remained separate, the merger provided the firm with much-needed capital. A new era for Pierce-Arrow was ushered in when its six-cylinder engine was replaced by the introduction of its straight-eight engine in 1929. With the new 125 horsepower engine, which could easily reach speeds of 85 mph, total sales for the year doubled to nearly 10,000 cars - a historical peak.
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Chassis Num: 2005556
Engine Num: A-7301
Sold for $74,250 at 2013 RM Auctions.
This Model 125 Coupe wears an older restoration finished in mint green, with black fenders and moldings, a black vinyl top with landau bars, and a button-tufted tan cloth interior. The car has wind wings, a golf bag door on the passenger side, nickel-finished door handles and window cracker, and a sun visor and windshield wiper. There are body-color wire wheels shod in blackwall tires. The odometer shows 87,059 miles.
By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2013
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