1935 Pierce Arrow
1935 Pierce Arrow
Presenting a 1935 Pierce Arrow V12 sedan, model 1245. Its mechanical components have been completely rebuilt, including the original 462 cubic inch, 175 horsepower V12 engine. For reference, the Cadillac V16 of the same year produced just 10 more horsepower. The Pierce’s top speed was well over 100 mph, with the speedometer topping out at 120 mph.
Remarkably, the rest of the car is unrestored, and even sports the original hood ornament. The original deep blue paint has taken on a great patina and the upholstery shows only small signs of wear and age. As you can see from the pictures, many details of the car are in exceptional condition.
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The car was produced in Buffalo, New York, not far from my home in Syracuse. Just 751 Pierce 8 and 12 models were produced, and this car is one of four surviving passenger sedan models. Many more of the seven-passenger sedans with jumpseats have survived.
Pierce Arrows were regarded as some of the highest quality and more expensive American cars of the era and this example is no exception. In the 1930s, Pierce did not lower their standards to produce less-expensive models as many competitors like Packard, Cadillac and Lincoln did. Unfortunately, this decision contributed to the company’s demise, as few Depression-era buyers sought cars to flaunt extravagance. By the end of the 1930s, these cars had gone out of style.
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