Hershey | Lot 416
1931 Pierce-Arrow Model 43 Five-Passenger Sedan
$49,500 USD | Sold
| Hershey, Pennsylvania
11 October 2019
- Extensive tour history including AACA, CCCA, VMCCA, and Glidden Tours
- Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) Full Classic
- Eligible for all CCCA events, CARavans, and Grand Classics
In the 1950s or early ’60s, this Pierce-Arrow was sold by its Baltimore, Maryland, owner to a gentleman in Towson, Maryland. He in turn sold the car to an AACA member from Bel Air, Maryland, in 1990. At the time the car was totally original, with only 72,415 miles, but showing some wear. The car was given a new radiator and driven on the 1991 Glidden Tour in Seven Springs, Pennsylvania, and the 1992 Glidden Tour in Lexington, Kentucky.
The exterior was subsequently repainted from its original black with three coats of durable Dupont Viceroy Maroon, a correct 1931 Pierce-Arrow color, which it wears today. The chrome was also replated, and a new interior was installed. The Pierce-Arrow was then shown at the 1993 CCCA Baltimore meet, where it scored 96 points. The car also proved its mechanical mettle, participating in the 1995, 1996, and 1998 VMCCA Nickel Tours, as well as the 1997 Glidden Tour.
In 1995, the Pierce was sent to White Post Restorations in Virginia, where the engine, clutch, water pump, and steering box were rebuilt and the rods machined to accept insert bearings. The consignor purchased the car in 2001 with the odometer reading 77,879 miles. He has since driven the car on AACA tours in 2007 and 2008 and continues to enjoy and exercise it regularly.
While in the consignor’s possession, the oil has been changed regularly at 500-mile intervals, the gas tank was cleaned and repainted, and the carburetor and fuel pump were rebuilt by noted restoration shop Classic & Exotic Services of Troy, Michigan. Furthermore, rebuilt shock absorbers were installed, a new electric fuel pump was fitted, six new tires were fitted at 85,615 miles, and the wiper motors were rebuilt.
Beautifully presented, this attractive Pierce-Arrow features matching maroon wire wheels, dual side-mounted spares affixed with rearview mirrors, and a matching rear-mounted trunk filled with a 50-plus-year collection of Pierce-Arrow Society literature and repair information. The requisite archer mascot and Trippe Speedlights lead the way.