Lot 382

Hershey 2022

1931 Pierce-Arrow Model 41 Convertible Victoria by LeBaron


$418,000 USD | Sold

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  • The sole known surviving LeBaron-bodied Model 41 Convertible Victoria
  • Believed to have been exhibited at the 1931 New York Auto Show
  • Known ownership history from new; believed to retain its original engine
  • Recipient of numerous accolades, including Best in Class at the 2008 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
  • Earned the Pierce-Arrow Society’s Bernard J. Weis Award for the Most Authentic Restoration in 2009

In 1931, Pierce-Arrow built some of the finest automobiles offered for sale in America—and at the top of the Buffalo, New York marque’s range was the dignified Model 41. Riding on a grand, 147-inch wheelbase, the Model 41 was propelled by a 132-horsepower inline-eight, the most powerful motor in its class. A new, deeper radiator shell and heightened brightwork, along with a fresh rendition of the famed archer radiator mascot, distinguished these new Pierce-Arrows even before bodywork entered the picture.

One of the most elegant yet sporting body designs ever to clothe Pierce-Arrow chassis was the Convertible Victoria built by the highly regarded coachbuilder LeBaron. Only approximately 25 LeBaron bodies of various configurations were ordered by the manufacturer in total. According to research by Pierce-Arrow Society historian Bernard Weis, 13 examples from the group survive. The featured Convertible Victoria is one of very few built in this style, and the only example of its kind known to exist today.

Believed to have been displayed at the 1931 New York Auto Show, this LeBaron Convertible Victoria claims a known ownership history from new, spanning six caretakers through 2001, including marque collector Joseph Gazza. Gazza sold the Pierce-Arrow in 2001 to Los Altos, California resident Tom Williams, who retained the noted marque restorer Eric Rosenau to comprehensively refurbish the car, with final detailing completed by Bob Jacobson. Notably, the Pierce-Arrow was reunited with a correct-type Model 41 engine acquired from Pierce-Arrow Society member Glenn Perkins; this engine, number 325760, is believed to be the original factory-installed unit.

The Pierce-Arrow was then presented at the 2008 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, earning Best in Class. At the 2009 National Meet in Temecula, California, the car won the Bernard J. Weis Award for the Most Authentic Restoration, the top national-level accolade from the Pierce-Arrow Society. The Model 41 also won Best of Show at the 2012 Concours d’Elegance of the Eastern United States.

After passing through three more respected collections of American classics, the Pierce-Arrow was acquired in 2020 by the current caretaker. Prior to his acquisition, the car benefitted from a rebuilt carburetor and shock absorbers, and it has since seen only limited mileage; its award-winning restoration presents in excellent condition, exhibiting only light patina from gentle use.

As the sole example known to exist, with authenticity confirmed by national-level Pierce-Arrow Society judges, this LeBaron-bodied Model 41 Convertible Victoria offers astute collectors an unparalleled opportunity to acquire one of the finest and rarest Pierce-Arrows ever built.