1931 Pierce-Arrow Model 42 Sport Tourer / 2525250 Chassis Information

1931 Pierce-Arrow Model 42 photograph

1931 Pierce-Arrow Model 42 photograph

1931 Pierce-Arrow Model 42 photograph

1931 Pierce-Arrow Model 42 photograph

1931 Pierce-Arrow Model 42 photograph

1931 Pierce-Arrow Model 42 photograph

1931 Pierce-Arrow Model 42 photograph

1931 Pierce-Arrow Model 42 photograph

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Sport Tourer
Chassis #: 2525250
High bid of $105,000 at 2011 RM Auctions - Hershey. (did not sell)
For 1931, Pierce-Arrow offered the Model 41, 42, and 43. The Model 41 had a 147-inch platform, while the Model 42 had a 142-inch wheelbase. The Model 43 came in two sizes, a 134- and 137-inch size. All three had an eight-cylinder engine, ranging from 125 to 132 HP.

The four-passenger Pierce-Arrow Model 42 Sport Phaeton was new for 1931 and sold new for $3,785. This example has had just four owners from new and currently shows about 15,000 miles. The car is painted in two-tone Forest Green/Kelly Green exterior color scheme. The car's history includes parade duty, and it was properly outfitted to perform this task with its fold-down windshield and wind wings and aluminum framing, heavy-duty solid bumpers, a deleted rear footrest (allowing better standing) and the substitution of the usual side-mounted spare tires for a rear-mounted spare tire.

The car is believed to have carried New York's then-Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt and Al Smith, a former New York Governor (1923-1928), to the landmark opening of the George Washington Bridge on October 24, 1931.

Ed and Dot Mueller purchased this Pierce from Mr. Walker's estate in 1946. During their ownership, the car also received a new top and side curtains, with the latter stowed within the original storage case. Next, Dr. Richard Schultz of Fort Lauderdale acquired the Pierce before the current owner purchased it in 1996.

This car has never been completely restored. It has been repainted once, the wire-spoke wheels were powder-coated, the wheel trim rings were re-plated, a new set of double universal whitewall tires with new flaps and tubes was installed, and the engine received a new water-jacket cover. Period features found on this car include an original Pierce-Arrow radiator stone guard, Trippe lights with leveling bubbles, rare original headlight lenses, an iconic 'archer' radiator mascot, a regular hood cap, a fold-down windshield and wind wings.

In 2011, the car was offered for sale at the Hershey, PA sale presented by RM Auctions. The car was estimated to sell for $130,000 - $170,000. Bidding reached $105,000 but was not enough to satisfy the vehicle's reserve. It would leave the auction unsold.


By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2011


2011 RM Auctions - Hershey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$130,000-$170,000 
High Bid (Lot was not sold)
$105,000

2016 1
2015 3
2005 1

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1931 sales)
1931 PIERCE-ARROW MODEL 42 CONVERTIBLE COUPE
Chassis#: 2525124
Sold for $209,000
  2016 Bonhams : The Amelia Island Auction
1931 Pierce-Arrow Model 42 image  1931 Pierce-Arrow Model 42 image  
1931 PIERCE-ARROW MODEL 42 DUAL COWL SPORT PHAETON
Chassis#: 2525010
Sold for $157,295
  2015 Bonhams : The Frederiksen Auction
 
1931 Pierce-Arrow Model 42 Convertible Coupe
Sold for $110,000
  2015 Auctions America - Auburn Fall
 
1931 Pierce-Arrow Model 42 Sedan
Sold for $40,000
  2015 Mecum - Rogers'Classic Car Museum 2015
 
1931 Pierce-Arrow Model 42 Dual Cowl Phaeton
Chassis#: 1025047
Sold for $88,000
  2005 Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1931 Pierce-Arrow Model 42's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1931 Pierce-Arrow Model 42 Sport Phaeton25252502011 RM Auctions Hershey$105,000$130,000$170,000
1931 Pierce-Arrow Model 42 Convertible Coupe25255562010 Worldwide Auctions The Auburn Auction $200,000$250,000
1931 Pierce-Arrow Model 42 DC Phaeton by LeBaron 2007 Gooding & Company $225,000$275,000

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