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1917 Pierce-Arrow Model 38


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

1917 Vehicle Profiles

1917 Pierce-Arrow Model 38 vehicle information

French Brougham

Chassis Num: 38450

The Pierce-Arrow Model 38 was powered by a six-cylinder engine displacing 415 cubic-inches and rested on a platform that measured 134 inches. The company produced nearly 250 units.....[continue reading]

1917 Pierce-Arrow Model 38 vehicle information


Chassis Num: 38189

For more than three decades, the Pierce-Arrow Motor Car Co. of Buffalo, New York, was one of the most respected and renowned automakers in America. Heintz, Pierce, and Munschauer was founded in Buffalo, New York, in 1865. In addition to bird cages, t....[continue reading]

French Brougham
Chassis #: 38450 
Chassis #: 38189 

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1917 Pierce-Arrow Model 38
1917 Pierce-Arrow Model 38 Price Range: $4,800 - $6,100

Model Year Production

1922Ford (1,147,028)Dodge (152,673)Chevrolet (138,932)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
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

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