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1925 Pierce-Arrow Model 80

History

The Pierce-Arrow Company has a history that dates back to the dawn of the motor car and quickly evolved into one of the top producers of luxury and sophisticated automobiles. They worked closely with their Buffalo, New York neighbor Aluminum Company of America to perfect casting techniques that produced cast aluminum body panels as thin as 1/8 inch. The result was a strong material that was very lightweight.

The design of the Pierce-Arrows was performed in-house by the talented Herbert Dawley. He patented the design where the headlights faired into the tops of the front fenders, a feature that would become a hallmark for the Pierce-Arrow Company.

Through craftsmanship, style, and innovation, the Pierce-Arrow Company continued to lead the industry for many years. That all changed by the late 1920s as Pierce-Arrow was being outpaced by their competition. By this time, more modern production methods were making it easier for other marque's to provide a product at a cost that was difficult for Pierce-Arrow to compete. Within a few years, the Pierce-Arrow re-solidified itself as a prominent company through new engineering advances, a broad model lineup, and marketing techniques.

The Model 80 was first shown in 1924 and by 1927 it was offered with four-wheel vacuum-powered brakes. The fuel gauge was located on the gas tank while the temperature gauge was mounted on the dashboard.

Production of the Model 80 lasted until 1927. It was an entry-level vehicle aimed at attracting a wide audience of buyers who could afford this milder priced vehicle. It was priced between $2,400 to $4,000 less than the larger and more stately Series 36. It was a car that was not intended to be chauffeur-driven. By 1926 sales had risen to 7,500 units for the Series 80. However, the following year sales declined dramatically and the Series 80 was dropped.


By Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2008

1925 Vehicle Profiles

1925 Pierce-Arrow Model 80 vehicle information

Touring

Pierce-Arrow introduced a smaller six-cylinder car, the Model 80, in 1924. Built on a 130-inch wheelbase chassis, it was the 'companion car' to the larger and more expensive Model 33. However, there really was no such thing as a 'less expensive' Pi....[continue reading]

1925 Pierce-Arrow Model 80 vehicle information

Rumbleseat Roadster

In 1925, Pierce-Arrow introduced a less expensive luxury automobile with the unveiling of its entry-level Series 80. It was the smallest automobile offered by the company in many years, yet it was still built with the same quality and workmanship, fo....[continue reading]

1925 Pierce-Arrow Model 80 vehicle information

Runabout

Chassis Num: 806558
Engine Num: 806565

Despite being one of Pierce-Arrow's entry-level models, the Series 80 Runabout was a very large car with a wheelbase that measured 130 inches. It was also finished with a high degree of quality typical of the Buffalo automaker. It wore a hand-hammere....[continue reading]

1925 Pierce-Arrow Model 80 vehicle information

Touring

For 1925 Pierce-Arrow offered two series of motorcars - the Model 33 and the new Model 80. The former offered a series of body styles priced from $5,250 to $8,000.....[continue reading]

1925 Pierce-Arrow Model 80 vehicle information

Touring

Engine Num: 8012-580

The Pierce-Arrow Model 80 was introduced late in 1924 with bodies ranging from $2,895 to $4,045. They were eight inches shorter than the larger Pierces and lighter by more than half a ton. The Model 80 was powered by a 70-brake horsepower, 288-cubic ....[continue reading]

1925 Pierce-Arrow Model 80 vehicle information

Rumbleseat Roadster

One aspect of quality control that Pierce-Arrow was known for was their extensive engine testing. Each engine was run in, disassembled, inspected, reassembled, and tested again. Before the car left the factory for delivery, another inspector personal....[continue reading]

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Rumbleseat Roadster
 
Runabout
Chassis #: 806558 
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Performance and Specification Comparison

Price Comparison

$226-$2,900
1925 Model 80
$4,100-$11,000
1925 Pierce-Arrow Model 80 Price Range: $2,900 - $4,100

Other 1925 Pierce-Arrow Models

Model 80

Year
Production
Wheelbase
Engine
Prices
130.00 in.
6 cyl., 414.00 CID., 70.00hp
$2,900 - $4,100
130.00 in.
6 cyl., 288.50 CID., 80.00hp
$2,895 - $4,100
130.00 in.
6 cyl., 414.00 CID., 70.00hp
$2,500 - $4,100

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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