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1914 Pierce-Arrow Model 48

1914 Pierce-Arrow Model 48 1914 Pierce-Arrow Model 48 1914 Pierce-Arrow Model 48 Pierce-Arrows were built in Buffalo, NY, from 1901 through 1938, and were a very prestigious car in their day. The company produced the Pierce motorcycle prior to building automobiles. This example has a six-cylinder engine, producing 48.6 horsepower, and is a strong runner, and very easy to drive on the highway.

By 1915, Pierce had established themselves as one of America's best automakers. The 1915 Pierce line consisted of 13 body styles with the 5-Passenger Touring model being their most popular.

1914 Pierce-Arrow Model 48 1914 Pierce-Arrow Model 48 1914 Pierce-Arrow Model 48 'One of the 'Three P's' in America's Automotive History'
The famous 'Three P's' in America's automotive history represented the Peerless, Packard, and Pierce Arrow Companies. All three of these companies were premiere, luxury automobile companies and were known for quality, reliability and performance. Automobiles that were built by the 'Three P's' were expensive with many models selling for more than ten times the price of a Model T Ford.

Pierce Arrow began building one-cylinder automobiles in 1901 and in 1907 introduced their first six cylinder automobile. The Pierce Arrow designed, T-head, six-cylinder engine would become a Pierce Arrow trademark and would be used until 1928.

Pierce Arrows were also known for the extensive use of aluminum throughout the vehicle and most Pierce Arrows had bodies that were cast of aluminum.

Another Pierce Arrow trademark were front fenders that were designed to incorporate headlamps. The fender-mounted lamps were first introduced in 1913 and continued to be a Pierce Arrow trademark until the Buffalo, New York company's demise in 1938.

The Pierce-Arrow Model 48 continued the company's reputation for luxury and innovation. On December 12, 1912 the company applied for a patent that concerned headlights mounted on the crown of the fenders to allow for improved lighting. The grant was granted on February 24th of 1914 and was first seen of a Model 48-B2. The car also included electric side lights integrated into the cowl.

The average price for a seven passenger Tourer would set the buyer back nearly $5000. The cars were powered by a six-cylinder, 525 cubic-inch engine which was capable of producing 48 horsepower. The car was controlled by a four-speed sliding gear transmission and had rear wheel brakes. The suspension was comprised of a semi-floating rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs.

Two extra folding seats came standard on the Model 48. An electric generator and starter, electric Klaxon horn, gas gauge, autometer, speedometer, rear footrest, rail blanket, electric lights, dual side-mounted spares, and a full set of tools were also standard.


By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2008

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A win on Sunday meant strong sales on Monday. This was a motto many manufacturers believed in and thus, many automakers actively raced their cars to promote its capabilities. Pierce-Arrow did the same to prove the cars durability and reliability, the mighty Pierce-Arrow was entered in the famed Glidden Tours. From 1905 through 1909, it won all five events and, except for one outing, earned perfect....
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1914 Pierce-Arrow Model 48
1914 Pierce-Arrow Model 48 Price Range: $4,866 - $6,213

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Pierce-Arrow
1919Ford (820,445)Chevrolet (129,118)Buick (119,310)2,136
1918Ford (435,898)Buick (126,222)Willys Knight (88,753)2,014
1917Ford (622,351)Willys Knight (130,988)Buick (115,267)1,891
1916Ford (734,811)Willys Knight (140,111)Buick (124,834)1,647
1915Ford (501,492)Willys Knight (91,904)Dodge (45,000)1,563
1914Ford (308,162)Overland (48,461)Studebaker (35,374)1,118
1913Ford (168,220)Overland (37,422)Studebaker (31,994)1,218
1912Ford (78,440)Overland (28,572)Buick (19,812)1,453
1911Ford (69,762)Overland (18,745)Maxwell (16,000)2,131
1910Ford (32,053)Buick (30,525)Overland (15,598)1,918
1909Ford (17,771)Buick (14,606)Maxwell (9,460)2

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