Lot 184

1933 Pierce-Arrow Eight Limousine

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$49,500 USD | Sold

United States | Hershey, Pennsylvania

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Chassis No.
1550247
Documents
Canadian Registration
  • Said to have been owned by a Korean Prince
  • Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) National Senior First Prize winner
  • Recorded in the research archive of Pierce-Arrow marque historian, Bernard J. Weis
  • Formerly of the Marvin Tamaroff collection

Based upon its serial number, this extended-wheelbase Model 836 Pierce-Arrow has been confirmed as a very late-production 1933 car, only 12 units from the end of Pierce production for that model year. Notes from the archives of marque historian and longtime Pierce-Arrow Society publisher Bernard J. Weis indicate that it was reportedly delivered new to a Korean prince during the time of Japanese colonial rule and later accompanied him to Japan, where it was used until 1945 before being hidden away in a garage.

It remained in storage until 1980, when it was discovered and subsequently purchased by one of Japan’s most prestigious private automobile museums. It later traveled to New Zealand, where its paint, chrome, and interior were renewed, and the chassis and mechanical components were fully overhauled. Finally, it returned to the United States, its first appearance there in over 75 years.

While in the care of the well-known and respected collector Marvin Tamaroff of Michigan, this Pierce-Arrow was thoroughly inspected by Brian Joseph’s noted firm Classic & Exotic Service of Troy, Michigan. The electrical system was renewed, with various switches repaired and replaced, along with the installation of a new battery, spark plugs, and an ignition cut-off switch. The fuel lines and fuel tank were overhauled; new gaskets for the thermostat, oil cooler, and water pump were installed; and all fluids were replaced. The wheels and brake drums were removed and inspected, and the power brake unit was drained. The windshield wiper motors and their vacuum system were repaired, along with many other smaller items. Since entering the consignor’s care, this stately Pierce-Arrow has reportedly seen sparing use while being stored within a climate-controlled facility.

With its fascinating history, this Series 836 Formal Limousine remains an intriguing example of the storied Pierce-Arrow marque.