1935 Pierce-Arrow 1245 Twelve Convertible Roadster Vehicle Profile

1935 Pierce-Arrow 1245 Twelve photograph

1935 Pierce-Arrow 1245 Twelve photograph

1935 Pierce-Arrow 1245 Twelve photograph

1935 Pierce-Arrow 1245 Twelve photograph

1935 Pierce-Arrow 1245 Twelve photograph

1935 Pierce-Arrow 1245 Twelve photograph

1935 Pierce-Arrow 1245 Twelve photograph

1935 Pierce-Arrow 1245 Twelve photograph

1935 Pierce-Arrow 1245 Twelve photograph

1935 Pierce-Arrow 1245 Twelve photograph

1935 Pierce-Arrow 1245 Twelve photograph

1935 Pierce-Arrow 1245 Twelve photograph

1935 Pierce-Arrow 1245 Twelve photograph

1935 Pierce-Arrow 1245 Twelve photograph

1935 Pierce-Arrow 1245 Twelve photograph

1935 Pierce-Arrow 1245 Twelve photograph

1935 Pierce-Arrow 1245 Twelve photograph

1935 Pierce-Arrow 1245 Twelve photograph

1935 Pierce-Arrow 1245 Twelve photograph

1935 Pierce-Arrow 1245 Twelve photograph

1935 Pierce-Arrow 1245 Twelve photograph

1935 Pierce-Arrow 1245 Twelve photograph

1935 Pierce-Arrow 1245 Twelve photograph

1935 Pierce-Arrow 1245 Twelve photograph

1935 Pierce-Arrow 1245 Twelve photograph

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Convertible Roadster
The Pierce-Arrow Company had been launched in 1901 and by the late 1920s was experiencing financial difficulties in a changing marketplace. The company merged with Studebaker in 1928 and the results showed up in improved mechanics and styling. The merger had its benefits but by 1931, sales were in decline, as was the entire American luxury automobile market. By 1933, Pierce-Arrow was back in private hands.

Nevertheless, Pierce-Arrow continued to offer high quality motorcars. January 2, 1935 saw the beginning of production of the Model 1245. Despite financial troubles, the federal government helped Pierce-Arrow keep its hopes alive in the gloomy days at that time by purchasing two limousines with bulletproof glass for J. Edgar Hoover. Pierce would go on to build a tiny 875 cars in 1935. From these 875, there was the option of the cars having 8-cylinders or 12-cylinders. These Model 1245 cars really incorporated some of the greatest Art Deco elements into its styling, from their headlights to their bumper to their long decorative hood vents. The Pierce-Arrows powerful engine drew in so much attention that it eventually became the engine that would power Seagrave fire engines up until 1981.

The 1935 Model 1245 was powered by a 462 cubic-inch, seven main bearing Pierce-Arrow twelve cylinder motor that developed 175 horsepower. Two wheelbases were available: 1939- and 144-inch. Its mechanical features included synchromesh transmission, safety glass in all windows and automatic choke.

This Pierce-Arrow V-12 convertible coupe is one of less than ten built in 1934 and there is significant evidence this is the car displayed at the Chicago Auto Show in January of 1935. Purchased new by a businessman in Dayton, Ohio, the car has only had three owners in its first 78 years. The car joined the car collecting hobby early in its history, as the second owner was the president of the Pierce-arrow Society in 1954. Having always been garaged and cared for, age finally started to show from many years of use and was restored in 2005. The car has no modifications of any kind and is displayed the same as when it left the factory. With its one year only styling, this car represents the finest Pierce-Arrow had to offer in the mid-1930s.


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2019 2
2018 1
2016 1
2008 1
2005 1
2003 1

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2019$91,000$151,2002
2018$214,500$214,5001
2016$23,100$23,1001
2008$374,000$374,0001
2005$203,500$203,5001
2003$198,000$198,0001

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1935 sales)
1935 Pierce-Arrow Model 1245 Coupe
Chassis#: 3120047
Sold for $151,200
  2019 Bonhams : Quail Lodge Auction
 
1935 Pierce-Arrow Model 1245 Sedan
Chassis#: 3120071
Sold for $30,800
  2019 Bonhams : Greenwich Concours
 
1935 Pierce-Arrow Model 1245 Silver Arrow
Sold for $214,500
  2018 Mecum : Las Vegas
 
1935 PIERCE-ARROW 1245 SEDAN
Chassis#: 238S442
Sold for $23,100
  2016 Barrett-Jackson : Palm Beach
 
1935 Pierce-Arrow 12 Convertible Coupe
Chassis#: 3120066
Sold for $374,000
  2008 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona
 
1935 Pierce-Arrow 1245 Rumble Seat Conv. Coupe
Chassis#: 405155
Sold for $203,500
  2005 Vintage Motor Cars at Meadow Brook Hall
 
1935 Pierce-Arrow 12 Convertible Coupe
Sold for $198,000
  2003 Vintage Motor Cars at Meadow Brook Hall
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1935 Pierce-Arrow 1245 Twelve's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Pierce-Arrow Model 1242 Twelve1933 Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis information for the Pierce-Arrow Model 12471933 LWB Convertible Sedan
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis information for the Pierce-Arrow Model 1236 Twelve1933 Club Sedan
Chassis Num: 2075088
Engine Num: 335259
Chassis information for the Pierce-Arrow Model 1242 Twelve1933 Convertible Roadster
Chassis Num: 3100006
Engine Num: 355193
Chassis information for the Pierce-Arrow Model 1242 Twelve1933 Convertible Roadster
Chassis Num: 3100014
Engine Num: 355018
Chassis information for the Pierce-Arrow Model 12471933 LWB Convertible Sedan
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis Num: 3550040
Engine Num: 355074
Chassis information for the Pierce-Arrow Model 12471933 LWB Convertible Sedan
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis Num: 3550092
Engine Num: 355184
Chassis information for the Pierce-Arrow Model 1242 Twelve1933 Convertible Sedan
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis Num: 355091
Chassis information for the Pierce-Arrow Model 1242 Twelve1933 Convertible Sedan
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis Num: 355130
Chassis information for the Pierce-Arrow 1240A  Twelve1934 Convertible Coupe
Chassis Num: 3110110
Engine Num: 400219
Chassis information for the Pierce-Arrow Model 1248 Custom Twelve1934 Sedan
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis Num: 400144
Chassis information for the Pierce-Arrow Salon Twelve1936 Limousine
Coachbuilder: Letourner et Marchand

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