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1925 Pierce-Arrow Model 33

History

The Pierce-Arrow Series 33 was produced from 1921 through 1926. The cars were powered by a six-cylinder 'L'-head engine that produced over 70 horsepower. Both the engine and the design were new for Pierce-Arrow, being introduced in the post-World-War I era. The cars were elegant and stately, with a price tag that rivaled other luxury marques of their day. Their high sticker price meant these were exclusive machines finished with all of the luxury amenities available.

The six-cylinder engine had a dual-valve setup, integrated by Pierce-Arrow's chief engineer David Fergusson. The design of the engine was influenced by European techniques and its incorporation into an American engine is a rarity. The dual valves resulted in an increase in performance and better fuel economy. The engine was smooth, reliable, and durable, producing adequate horsepower to carry the large and stately bodies. With the large bodies and powerful engine, adequate brakes were required. The Series 33 was among the first Pierce-Arrows to be given four-wheel mechanical brakes. This setup was utilized over the hydraulic-brake configuration, as the company viewed the hydraulic brakes as less reliable and prone to fluid leaks.

In front of the car are the unique headlight design, which sticks up and bulged-out from the fenders. As the years progressed, the designs altered slightly.

Pierce-Arrow was a strong believer in its six-cylinder engine while other manufacturers were using more powerful and tunable eight-cylinder engines. The Pierce-Arrow design did not change drastically during the 1920s, another potential reason for their ultimate demise. The onset of the Great Depression and problems with management prompted a merge with Studebaker. A short time later the Pierce-Arrows were being equipped with eight-cylinder engines which helped stimulate sales. By the early 1930s, a 12-cylinder could be found in the Pierce-Arrows. Their engines were strong and powerful, capturing over 13-speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats.

In the modern era, around 50 examples of the Series 33 have survived the test of time.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jul 2007

1925 Vehicle Profiles

1925 Pierce-Arrow Model 33 vehicle information

Runabout

This car cost approximately $3000 new at the Buffalo, NY factory. This model was designed for the 'lady' in mind; the car was much lighter and much easier to drive.....[continue reading]

1925 Pierce-Arrow Model 33 vehicle information

Convertible Coupe
Coachwork: Derham

Chassis Num: 340333
Engine Num: 340359

Dr. E.C. Leedam reportedly paid $6,000 for the bare chassis and another $7,000 for the car's Derham Body custom coachwork. Pierce-Arrow did not offer a factory convertible on the 138-inch wheelbase Model 80 chassis. It is believed that this was one o....[continue reading]

1925 Pierce-Arrow Model 33 vehicle information

Runabout

Chassis Num: 340988
Engine Num: 340-987

In the late 1920s, the sportiest and most powerful model offered from the Pierce-Arrow factory, was the Model 33 Runabout. It was a two-seater built on the same 138-inch wheelbase platform and powered by a T-head six-cylinder engine offering 70 horse....[continue reading]

Runabout
 
Convertible Coupe by Derham
Chassis #: 340333 
Runabout
Chassis #: 340988 

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Performance and Specification Comparison

Price Comparison

$226-$5,300
1925 Pierce-Arrow Model 33
$7,506-$11,000
1925 Pierce-Arrow Model 33 Price Range: $5,300 - $7,506

Other 1925 Pierce-Arrow Models

Series 33

Year
Production
Wheelbase
Engine
Prices
1,200
138.00 in.
6 cyl., 255.60 CID., 38.00hp
$6,495 - $8,497
138.00 in.
6 cyl., 255.57 CID., 38.00hp
$5,250 - $7,000
2,000
138.00 in.
6 cyl., 415.00 CID., 85.00hp
$5,300 - $8,002
130.00 in., 138.00 in.
6 cyl., 414.65 CID., 74.00hp
$5,300 - $7,506
138.00 in.
6 cyl., 100.00hp
$5,300 - $8,025

Industry Production

#1#2#3Pierce-Arrow
1930Ford (1,140,710)Chevrolet (640,980)Buick (181,743)6,795
1929Ford (1,507,132)Chevrolet (1,328,605)Buick (196,104)8,422
1928Chevrolet (1,193,212)Ford (607,592)Willys Knight (231,360)5,736
1927Chevrolet (1,001,820)Ford (367,213)Buick (255,160)5,836
1926Ford (1,669,847)Chevrolet (547,724)Buick (266,753)5,682
1925Ford (1,669,847)Chevrolet (306,479)Dodge (201,000)5,231
1924Ford (1,922,048)Chevrolet (264,868)Dodge (193,861)2,078
1923Ford (1,831,128)Chevrolet (323,182)Buick (210,572)1,669
1922Ford (1,147,028)Chevrolet (243,479)Dodge (152,673)1,240
1921Ford (1,275,618)Chevrolet (130,855)Buick (82,930)2,239
1920Ford (806,040)Chevrolet (146,243)Dodge (141,000)3,135

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