1931 Pierce-Arrow Model 42 Convertible Coupe Vehicle Profile

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

1931 Pierce-Arrow Model 42 photograph

1931 Pierce-Arrow Model 42 photograph

1931 Pierce-Arrow Model 42 photograph

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Convertible Coupe
Having built its first car in 1901, the George N. Pierce Company became the Pierce-Arrow Motor Car Company in 1908. Over the three decades that followed, the Buffalo, New York automaker would produce some of America's finest luxury cars. The last Pierce-Arrows were 1938 models.

In every respect, the Pierce-Arrow was a quality product, from its chassis of exceptional reliability and durability, to bodies that utilized cast-aluminum panels. Most Pierce-Arrow bodies were built in-house, where they were crafted to the highest coach-building standards.

When Studebaker purchased Pierce Arrow in 1928 for $5.7 million, it became the fourth largest automobile manufacturer in the United States. Noted designer Ray Dietrich joined the company and redesigned the entire model line. He also added coachbuilt custom models to the factory bodied lineup. A 1930 coach built parade car was sold to the Shah of Persia, which set a record for the most expensive car in the world at the time with a price of $30,000.

Pierce Arrow introduced an all new model line in 1929. The six cylinder engine was replaced with a straight eight. This 366 cubic-inch engine generated 125 horsepower and, according to Pierce Arrow, provided a top speed of 85 miles per hour. Other improvements over the six cylinder were L-Head valves instead of a T-head and a Stromberg UU-2 carburetor.

The Pierce-Arrow Model 42 line featured new and distinctly modern styling for 1931. The 142-inch wheelbase Convertible model, with its high belt-line and broad belt moldings, was especially long, low and sleek in appearance. Pierce-Arrow's signature fender-mounted headlamps, a marque tradition since 1913, were standard. Chrome-plated rustless steel was used for the radiator shell and numerous smaller components on the 1931 Pierces.

This Model 42 Pierce-Arrow is powered by an L-head inline eight displacing 385 cubic-inches, making it the largest of three engines produced by Pierce for 1931. The robust 132 horsepower engine's nine main bearings help it to deliver exceptional smoothness. 'Free-wheeling,' a supposed gas saving feature briefly popular in the early 1930s, was designed into the manual transmission. List price in 1931 for this Series 42 Convertible Coupe with standard equipment was a princely $3,650, a sum roughly equivalent at the time of the cost of six new Ford Model A convertibles.


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2016 1
2015 3
2005 1

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2016$209,000$209,0001
2015$102,432$157,2953
2005$88,000$88,0001

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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