1937 Pierce-Arrow Eight Coupe
Sold For $78,400Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee.
RM | Sotheby's - THE GUYTON COLLECTION 4 - 5 MAY 2019 - Offered on Saturday
- An extremely rare late-production Pierce-Arrow
- Reportedly the sole survivor of seven built in 1937
- Known ownership history since the 1950s
- Older restoration, ideal for tours and CARavans
- Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) Full Classic
The late Pierce-Arrow is a rare bird, indeed, as the company’s staunch refusal to compromise its high standards in the face of the Depression proved its undoing. Nineteen thirty-seven was the final full year that the Pierce would be produced, and the number of cars that left Buffalo was minuscule. Historians estimate it at fewer than 200 cars, of which roughly 25 to 30 remain in existence worldwide.
The Guyton Collection’s is the sole survivor of a believed seven coupes built on the Pierce-Arrow Eight chassis in 1937, and by body number is believed to have been the first example built. At one point used to carry parts in a junkyard, it was discovered behind a barn in Mansfield, Ohio, by Bill Weikert, who sold it to his fellow Pierce-Arrow Society member, Lanny Sims, in 1976. Mr. Sims authentically restored the car to its original condition over a six-year period, after which it was the subject of a cover feature in The Arrow (1984, Issue 2). It was also judged Best in Class at the Pierce-Arrow Society National Meet in 1988.
In 2001, Mr. Sims sold the Pierce to William Crumrine. Mr. Crumrine sorted the car mechanically and enjoyed it in CCCA events, including in CARavans in Northern California (2002), the Finger Lakes (2003), and Arizona (2007), before selling it to Mr. Guyton in 2012. Mr. Guyton has maintained the car’s older restoration in his collection, and aside from paint checking around the edges of the doors, it remains very presentable, with a fine cloth interior and beautiful wood-grained dashboard.
Offered with a selection of spare parts, a history file, including correspondence and receipts, and an original 1937 Pierce-Arrow brochure, this would be among the rarest automobiles on its next CARavan – a point of pride for the true Pierce-Arrow connoisseur.