Open Roads, February | Lot 255
1936 Pierce-Arrow Eight Enclosed Drive Limousine
North American Offering
$48,400 USD | Sold
| Belleville, New Jersey
19 - 28 February 2021
- A handsome late Pierce-Arrow
- Formerly owned by well-known Pierce authority Frederick Tycher
- Ideal for any number of events and concours
- Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) Full Classic
The eight-cylinder Pierce-Arrows of the company’s later years are highly regarded for their extremely elegant streamlined design. Importantly, they are also engineering masterpieces, known for conservative but superb engine design that results in excellent performance and durability in silky-smooth comfort. By 1936, only two years before the company faded into memory, its output was miniscule.
The handsome Enclosed Drive Limousine offered here was built on the 144-inch-wheelbase chassis, which, somewhat remarkably, was the mid-sized eight-cylinder platform in 1936. It is one of just seven survivors recorded by longtime Pierce-Arrow Society (PAS) historian, Bernard Weis. Among its features are the division window iconic to the limousine model, as well as dual side-mounted spares with metal covers, window shades, rear jump seats, pressed steel artillery wheels, and, of course, the classic “Archer” radiator mascot. The rear compartment is upholstered in rich tan cloth, while the front compartment is finished in hard-wearing black leather, as was typical for limousines of the era.
Among the car’s former owners, as noted by Mr. Weis, was Frederick Z. Tycher of Dallas, Texas, a Past President of PAS and renowned collector of the famed Buffalo marque. It was later owned by Thomas Egan of Blairstown, New Jersey, before joining the collection of its present owner, by 2010. It has undergone restoration as needed, largely in the personal shop of the current owner, while the interior was completed by Dave’s Interior Restorations in Pennsylvania and the engine by Dragone Classic Cars.
This Pierce-Arrow remains elegant, powerful, and the picture of traditional American luxury at its finest.