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1917 Pierce-Arrow Model 48 Touring / 15828 Vehicle Information

1917 Pierce-Arrow Model 48 photograph

1917 Pierce-Arrow Model 48 photograph

1917 Pierce-Arrow Model 48 photograph

1917 Pierce-Arrow Model 48 photograph

1917 Pierce-Arrow Model 48 photograph

1917 Pierce-Arrow Model 48 photograph

1917 Pierce-Arrow Model 48 photograph

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Sold for $385,000 at 2008 Vintage Motor Cars of Hershey by RM Auctions.
In 1878, George N. Pierce began the George N. Pierce Company which produced hous- wares. The business soon diversified into iceboxes and birdcages, then onto bicycles, and later into automobiles. The Pierce-Arrow automobiles were among the most sought after and desirable automobiles of their era. They had a reputation for their durability and quality.

They began with steam powered cars, then gasoline, and then analyzed both sources of power for their advantages, deciding upon gasoline as their mode of fuel. In January of 1901, David Fergusson was hired to head the Company's design efforts for the gasoline-powered cars. His first designs were the de Dion-powered Pierce Motorettes that were introduced near the end of 1901. The Pierce Company benefited from the pre-established network of bicycle dealers, who were able to quickly sell the automobiles.

The first four-seater Pierce arrived in early 1903. It had a two-cylinder engine and shaft drive and was dubbed the 'Arrow.' The following year, a larger and more conventional looking car, called the 'Great Arrow', emerged. By 1908, George and Percy Pierce parted ways with their financial backer and company director George K. Birge, and concentrated on bicycles and motorcycles. The automobile business was renamed the Pierce-Arrow Motor Car Company.

The first cars produced by the newly named 'Pierce-Arrow' company were powered by six-cylinder engines. They were offered in 36, 48, and 60 horsepower sizes. By 1910, the company was producing cars only powered by six-cylinder engines. This would be the company's engine size of choice until 1929 when an eight-cylinder version was introduced.

This six-cylinder engines produced by Pierce-Arrow were cast in pairs and secured to aluminum crankcases. They had T-head designs and were one of the more powerful units in the industry.

This 1917 Pierce-Arrow Model 48 Touring Car has been restored to concours quality. It has a maroon exterior offset by black fenders and lower body panels. There is a black top, red pin-striping along the beltline, artillery-style wheels, dual cowl-mounted lights, right-side mounted horn, black painted rims, bright hubcaps, and a Moto-Meter. In the rear of the vehicle is a luggage rack with a trunk secured by leather straps and protected by a leather cover. The interior features button-tufted tan leather upholstery, tan door and side panels with storage pockets, correct hardware, and door-retaining straps.

The six-cylinder, 525 cubic-inch, T-head engine is capable of producing 92 horsepower. There is a four-speed manual gearbox and two-wheel mechanical drum brakes.

In 2008 this car was brought to the 2nd Annual Vintage Motor Cars of Hershey presented by RM Auctions where it was estimated to sell for $325,000 - $375,000. Those estimates were proven accurate as the lot was sold for a high bid of $385,000 including buyer's premium.


By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2008


2008 Vintage Motor Cars of Hershey by RM Auctions

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $325,000-USD $375,000 
Sale Price :
USD $385,000

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1917 sales)
1917 Pierce-Arrow Model 48-B-4 Runabout
Chassis#: 15880
Sold for USD$84,000
  2019 Bonhams : Tupelo Auction
 
1917 Pierce Arrow Model 48
Sold for USD$385,000
  2008 Vintage Motor Cars of Hershey by RM Auctions
1917 Pierce-Arrow Model 48 image  1917 Pierce-Arrow Model 48 image  
1917 Pierce-Arrow Four-Passenger Touring Car
Chassis#: 15568
Sold for USD$324,500
  2008 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

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VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1917 Pierce-Arrow Model 48B Series 4 Four-Passenger Touring 2015 Auctions America California$225,000  

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Pierce-Arrow Model 48
1916 Touring
Chassis Num: 14041
Chassis information for the Pierce-Arrow Model 48
1916 Touring
Chassis Num: 14727
Engine Num: B4 3160

Chassis information for the Pierce-Arrow Model 48
1917 Touring
Chassis Num: 15828
Engine Num: B44064

Chassis information for the Pierce-Arrow Model 48
1918 Convertible Coupe
Chassis Num: 16857
Engine Num: 16857
Chassis information for the Pierce-Arrow Model 48
1920 Coupe
Chassis Num: 515435

1917 Pierce-Arrow Model 48

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