1917 Pierce-Arrow Model 38 news, pictures, specifications, and information
Sold for $66,000 at 2011 RM Sothebys
The Pierce-Arrow Model 38 was powered by a six-cylinder engine displacing 415 cubic-inches and rested on a platform that measured 134 inches. The company produced nearly 250 units.
This Open-Front French Brougham was one of the most expensive Model 38s offered for 1917. It was originally sold to F. Robert Greene in Boston and it remained in his family until it was acquired by Mr. Garganino. The next owner was D. Cameron Peck, followed by D. Cameron Peck and then Mark Ralston. In 1993, it was sold to Patrick Craig of Stockton, California who retained it until early 2004, when Harry Clark acquired it with the odometer showing only about 16,700 miles. The current owner acquired it in August of 2005.
The car is painted in its original black paint. There is a blue brocade interior which is likewise completely original. There are roll-up division window, jump seats and roller window shades in the rear compartment.
In 2011, the car was offered for sale at the Hershey Auction presented by RM Auctions. The car was estimated to sell for $50,000 - $70,000. As bidding came to a close, the car was sold for the sum of $66,000 inclusive of buyer's premium.By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2011
Pierce-Arrow really hits its stride during the second decade of the 20th century. Pierce was an innovative manufacturer, offering features such as aluminum bodies, dual valve engines and power brakes. This roadster sports the fender headlamp, a trademark design feature that began in 1913.
Pierce-Arrow ended production in 1938, a victim of the depression and changing tastes. The company manufactured approximately 85,000 cars; there are less than 2,000 documented survivors.Source - AACA
The six-cylinder version of the Pierce-Arrow Model 38 was introduced in 1913 and would remain in production for a number of years accounting for many of the vehicles produced by Pierce-Arrow. The entire range of Pierce-Arrows were built with craftsmanship and a high level of quality. Their use and experimentation with aluminum throughout the years led to successful implementation resulting in lightweight bodies that were rigid and lacked vibration, buckling, or warping with excessive use or in extreme temperatures. The construction with the aluminum was a time consuming and expensive process and accounted for part of the hefty price tag of the vehicle.
In 1919, the Seven-Passenger Touring Model had a base price of $6,500 which was well above the industry average and one of the more expensive vehicles offered for sale. The Seven Passenger Suburban cost $5,000. For that price the buyer received a car that rested on a wheelbase that measured 142-inches and was powered by a six-cylinder engine that had dual-valve and dual ignition and displaced 414 cubic-inches. The result was 38 horsepower which was sent through the four-speed manual transmission to the rear wheels, which were also responsible for the mechanical braking. The Seven Passenger Touring Model had a wheelbase of 134 inches.
By Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2010
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