Lot 207

Hershey 2023

1935 Pierce-Arrow Model 1245 Seven-Passenger Sedan

Offered from the Grand Canyon Collection


$38,500 USD | Sold

United States | Hershey, Pennsylvania



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  • One of the most expensive cars on sale in 1935
  • Powered by a 452-cu.-in. V-12 engine
  • Recognized as a CCCA Full Classic
  • Wonderful presentation courtesy of an older restoration
  • From the estate of well-regarded American classic car collector Conrad Fletcher
Please note that this lot is titled as a 1936.

As unemployment soared to its peak in the early 1930s during the Great Depression, extravagant American luxury automotive manufacturers continued forward with an arms race pushing engine specifications and lavish features to excessive levels. In this era, multi-cylinder engines displacing over 400 cubic inches were standard in the world of ultra luxury and manufacturers like Pierce-Arrow and Packard both employed V-12s for their most grandiose models. Pierce-Arrow highlighted the exclusivity of its automobiles and the sophisticated lifestyles of its clientele through advertisements featuring stylish ladies and debonair gentlemen enjoying their cars amongst country estates or high society.

When sold new in 1935, this Pierce-Arrow 1245 Seven-Passenger Sedan was one of the most expensive cars offered in the United States. While unfortunately little is known about the original owner of this elite automobile, the accompanying files indicate it was well cared for over the years, as shown in a maintenance log dating back to 1961. Additionally, a restoration was performed several decades ago and photos show a complete engine rebuild occurred in the early 1980s. Today, this work has stood the test of time with the car having been a participant in a number of car shows over the decades and within the last couple of years, after joining Conrad Fletcher’s collection of early American automobiles.

Recognized as a Classic Car Club of America Full Classic and eligible for CARavan touring, this twelve-cylinder Pierce-Arrow is an extravagant piece of American automotive history destined to be a cherished addition to any collection specializing in rare and exclusive American classics.