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Lot 674
1931 Pierce-Arrow Model 42 Convertible Coupe

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CHASSIS NO: 2525411

• One of just seven 1931 Convertible Coupes known to exist
• Freshly serviced and lightly used the past seven years
• Equipped with dual side mounts and Pilot Ray lamp
• Radiator stone guard and Archer radiator mascot


385 cid L-head inline eight-cylinder engine, 132 HP, three-speed manual transmission, four-wheel drum brakes, front and rear leaf spring suspension; wheelbase: 142”


Founded in 1901, Pierce-Arrow's rapid rise to luxury car prominence is proven by the White House ordering two for state occasions. From then onward, the name Pierce-Arrow would be synonymous with the ultimate in motoring luxury, ranking alongside Peerless and Packard as one of the “3-Ps”. Owners included presidents and sheikhs, athletes and movie stars, and Woodrow Wilson would famously be chauffeured around Washington, D.C. in the Presidential Pierce-Arrow, sitting in the back seat contemplating issues of state, and as he stated - with no one to barge into the Oval Office and interrupt him.

Clinging to traditional styling and boxed-in by a range of sixes in an increasingly multi-cylinder marketplace, Pierce-Arrow saw its sales slowly decline throughout the 1920s. In 1928, an alliance was forged with Studebaker as a means of gaining entry into the luxury car market, and a new range of straight-eights was introduced, and Pierce-Arrow sales doubled in 1929. Although the 1931 Pierce-Arrows appeared little changed from the previous year's models, the chassis frames were new and were built in three models, offering a choice of two engine displacements and three wheelbase lengths. The Model 42 was the large Pierce-Arrow model and was powered by the mighty, nine-bearing straight-eight engine that marked the company's departure from its six-cylinder traditions.

This 1931 Pierce-Arrow Model 42 Convertible Coupe is a beautiful older restoration that was done to a very high standard. Finished in light blue with dark blue fenders and body accents, it sports dark blue wheels with chrome hubcaps and lock rings, blackwall tires, and a blue cloth convertible top. It’s nicely equipped with dual side-mounted spare tires with mirrors, a stainless-steel radiator stone guard, dual horns and running lights, and a single Pilot Ray lamp. Everyone recognizes the Pierce-Arrow Archer radiator mascot, and who wouldn’t love a ride in the rumble seat.

Under the hood is a clean and correct Pierce-Arrow 385-cubic-inch straight-eight engine coupled to a three-speed manual transmission. This Pierce-Arrow has been lightly driven, runs silently, and is a pleasure to drive. As a strong example from one of the most respected names in the history of the American automobile, it would be an appealing choice for those looking to participate in any classic tours.

The dark blue leather interior is correct and shows excellent craftsmanship. The dash is lovely and completely functional, and the car is comfortable - top up or down. Eight-cylinder Pierce-Arrows of this era have always been held in high regard by collectors - not only for their timeless beauty, but their quality, reliability and drivability as well. This lovely Model 42 will allow the new owner access to any vintage events they choose and will be a highlight in their classic car collection.

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