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1913 Pierce-Arrow Model 38-C

History

The six-cylinder Pierce-Arrow Model 38 was introduced in 1913 and would remain in production for a number of years accounting for many of the vehicles produced by Pierce-Arrow. The entire range of Pierce-Arrows were built with craftsmanship and a high level of quality. Their use and experimentation with aluminum throughout the years led to successful implementation resulting in lightweight bodies that were rigid and lacked vibration, buckling, or warping with excessive use or in extreme temperatures. The construction with the aluminum was a time consuming and expensive process and accounted for part of the hefty price tag of the vehicle.

In 1919, the Seven-Passenger Touring Model had a base price of $6,500 which was well above the industry average and one of the more expensive vehicles offered for sale. The Seven Passenger Suburban cost $5,000. For that price, the buyer received a car that rested on a wheelbase that measured 142-inches and was powered by a six-cylinder engine that had dual-valve and dual ignition and displaced 414 cubic-inches. The result was 38 horsepower which was sent through the four-speed manual transmission to the rear wheels, which were also responsible for the mechanical braking. The Seven Passenger Touring Model had a wheelbase of 134 inches.


By Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2010

1913 Vehicle Profiles

1913 Pierce-Arrow Model 38-C vehicle information

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Chassis Num: 33562
Engine Num: 33562

George N. Pierce was a bicycle manufacturer. It began when he was a partner at Heintz, Pierce and Munschauer, a Buffalo, New York, company that made bird cages. The firm later branched out into ice boxes and bath tubes. In 1872, Pierce bought out his....[continue reading]

1913 Pierce-Arrow Model 38-C vehicle information

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Pierce-Arrow had several new features in 1913, most notably the introduction of standard nickel trim in place of brass and an air starter system in which compressed air was pumped into the cylinders to move the pistons and turn the engine. ....[continue reading]

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Chassis #: 33562 
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Performance and Specification Comparison

Price Comparison

$350-$4,300
1913 Model 38-C
$5,200-$8,000
1913 Pierce-Arrow Model 38-C Price Range: $4,300 - $5,200

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Pierce-Arrow
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
1908Ford (10,202)Buick (8,820)Studebaker (8,132)1,438

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