Pierce-Arrow was an early American automobile manufacturer in Buffalo, New York, in business from 1901 to 1938. Like many of the earliest American automobile manufactures the Pierce Arrow company originally built bicycles before building automobiles.
The 66A-4 model was a favorite of conservative and wealthy patrons. Priced between $5,000 and $8,000 dollars, it was very expensive for its time and did not survive the economic hardships of the Great Depression. This particular car was delivered as a chassis to Don Lee Coach & Body Works in Los Angeles, which specialized in custom bodies for special clients. The famous silent movie comedian Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle was its first owner and was known to love driving his open touring car around Hollywood.
This 1919 Pierce-Arrow Model 66 A-4 Tourer is the most famous Pierce-Arrow ever manufactured. It is known as the 'Arbuckle Pierce-Arrow.' The famous silent film star, Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, had the car custom built to his liking in 1919, at the height of his film career. It was delivered to Don Lee Coachworks in Los Angeles, California, where an up and coming young designer by the name of Harley Earl designed the unique body. Harley Earl would become perhaps the most famous designer in the history of the automobile. Earl later became internationally famous as the Chief Designer for General Motors. This unique body design was large and bold - much like its owner - and surely attracted attention when it was driven around the streets of Hollywood during the heyday of the silent film star's career. It reportedly cost the film star $32,000. From the unique blue body to the all-white tires, the car mirrors the eccentric character of the famous Hollywood actor. The large 825 cubic-inch, six-cylinder 66A-4 Pierce-Arrow chassis was fitted with this custom body by Don Lee Studios of Los Angeles. The head designer, Harley Earl. Being a Southern California car, it was not fitted with either windshield wipers or side curtains for inclement weather. This is truly a fair weather, Hollywood-type automobile that is as glamorous today as it was when it was built in 1919.
The car stands 7 feet tall at the highest point, rides on 36-inch wheels and tires, and weighs almost 7,000 pounds.
A consistent Best in Class winner at multiple American concours, this Pierce has been voted Best of Show at Pinehurst in 2015, Boca Raton in 2016, Mirror Lake in 2017, and Keels and Wheels in 2018.