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1927 Pierce-Arrow Model 36

History

The Pierce-Arrow Company had a history that dates back to 1865 when it made birdcages and other household related items such as iceboxes and bathtubs. In 1872, George N. Pierce bought out his partners and renamed the company after himself. In 1896, bicycle production was added and within a few years, in 1900, a steam car was built. A gasoline-powered car followed a few months later. The following year, the Pierce manufactured a DeDion-engine 'Motorette'. Their rise to fame was in 1904 with the introduction of the Great Arrow powered by a four-cylinder engine. It was a reliable car with plenty of appeal and power. In 1905, Pierce's son Percy drove one in the inaugural 1905 Glidden Tour to an overall victory. Pierce cars would claim the title four years in a row. By 1909, the name 'Pierce' and 'Arrow' were so linked together, that the company was renamed to 'Pierce-Arrow.'

In 1913, they revolutionized the design of their vehicles with fender-mounted headlamps. The design was attractive and smooth that allowed for a higher and wider projection of the light beams.

Pierce-Arrow relied on its six-cylinder engines for many years, even when its competition moved to larger eight- and 12-cylinder engines. They would use the six-cylinder until 1927 with many modifications and updates along the way. In 1925 they were fitted with T-heads with four-valves per cylinder and twin ignition.

The Model 36 was produced from 1926 to 1928 and each example was subject of rigorous testing. Each engine was placed in the dynamometer room and run for 15 hours at varying speeds. This test simulated 500 miles of open-road driving. At the conclusion of the test, the engine was disassembled with all its moving parts thoroughly examined for signs of wear. If none were found, it was re-assembled and tested for two hours in a cork-walled silent chamber where its power output and internal friction were closely monitored. Only after the engine had passed these tests were they permitted to power a chassis. When the chassis was assembled, further testing followed. They were subjected to chassis dynamometer tests for five hours, followed by a 35-40 mile road test. If the chassis completed this test, the body was mounted and the tire car was again tested. Under the supervision of a chief tester, further testing of the completed car was done.

The Model 36 was powered by a 414 cubic-inch T-head 24-valve twin-ignition six-cylinder engine capable of producing 100 horsepower. The engine was mated to a three-speed manual gearbox with stopping power provided by vacuum-boosted four-wheel mechanical brakes.

It is believed that 1900 examples were produced in fifteen cataloged body styles.


By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2008

1927 Vehicle Profiles

1927 Pierce-Arrow Model 36 vehicle information

Drop Top Sedan

The Pierce-Arrow Company was a prosperous and talented motorcar company during the early years of automotive production. Their cars were well-engineered powered by powerful six-cylinder engines during the teens. The pinnacle was the Model 66 which sp....[continue reading]

1927 Pierce-Arrow Model 36 vehicle information

Enclosed Drive Limousine

Chassis Num: 361379

This Model 36 Pierce Arrow has a Seven-Passenger Limousine body. It is a low-mileage restored car that is finished in gray with black moldings and fenders. There are dual-sidemount spare tires, a small folding trunk rack, and is fitted with drum-ty....[continue reading]

1927 Pierce-Arrow Model 36 vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: 361902
Engine Num: 361150

This 1927 Pierce-Arrow Series 36 Coupe was offered for sale at the 2008 Automobiles of Amelia presented by RM Auctions where it was estimated to sell for $100,000 - $125,000. It was offered without reserve and sold for $121,000 including buyer's prem....[continue reading]

1927 Pierce-Arrow Model 36 vehicle information

Coupe
Coachwork: Judkins

This car is restored to its original chassis and body colors. This is the only known Pierce-Arrow Judkins coupe the current owner has ever seen. According to the Pierce-Arrow Society, this is probably the only 1927 Judkins coupe in existence today.....[continue reading]

1927 Pierce-Arrow Model 36 vehicle information

Runabout

The majority of Pierce-Arrow chassis featured elegant closed coachwork, such as sedans and limousines. Built on a 138-inch wheelbase chassis, the Pierce-Arrow 36 was powered by huge and powerful T-head motor that developed 100 horsepower.....[continue reading]

Drop Top Sedan
 
Enclosed Drive Limousine
Chassis #: 361379 
Coupe
Chassis #: 361902 
Coupe by Judkins
 
Runabout
 

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Performance and Specification Comparison

Price Comparison

$305-$66,000
1927 Model 36
1927 Pierce-Arrow Model 36 Price Range: $5,895 - $66,000

Other 1927 Pierce-Arrow Models

Model 36

Year
Production
Wheelbase
Engine
Prices
138.00 in.
6 cyl., 414.00 CID., 70.00hp
$5,895 - $66,000
138.00 in.
6 cyl., 414.00 CID., 100.00hp
$5,875 - $8,000

Industry Production

#1#2#3Pierce-Arrow
1932Chevrolet (313,404)Ford (210,824)Plymouth (186,106)2,692
1931Chevrolet (619,554)Ford (615,455)Buick (138,965)4,522
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)Dodge (152,673)Chevrolet (138,932)1,240

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