SHIFT/Monterey | Lot 126
1931 Pierce-Arrow Model 41 Convertible Victoria by LeBaron
$375,000 - $450,000 USD | Not Sold
| Auburn, Indiana
14 - 15 AUGUST 2020
- The sole surviving LeBaron-bodied Model 41 convertible Victoria
- Believed to have been exhibited at the 1931 New York Auto Show
- Best in Class at the 2008 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
- Recipient of the 2009 Bernard J. Weis Award for the Most Authentic Restoration
- The top national-level accolade from the Pierce-Arrow Society
- Best of Show at the 2012 Concours d’Elegance of the Eastern United States
- Known ownership history from new; believed to retain its original engine
- Carburetor and shock absorbers rebuilt during current ownership
- A beautifully presented example of one of the marque’s rarest and most elegant automobiles
From its earliest days, Pierce-Arrow was the choice of American presidents and society elite. The marque occupied the pinnacle of the domestic luxury market, comprising the legendary “Three Ps,” along with Peerless and Packard. For its top-shelf Model 41 of 1931, Pierce-Arrow employed a gargantuan 147-inch wheelbase. These majestic cars included a new 132-horsepower inline eight, the most powerful in its class, and were distinguishable by a deeper radiator shell and heightened brightwork, while a new archer radiator mascot was introduced.
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 today. The featured convertible Victoria is the only one known to exist, and it may be the sole example produced.
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 was reunited with a Model 41 engine acquired from Pierce-Arrow Society member Glenn Perkins, and 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 two more respected collections of American classics, the Pierce-Arrow was acquired in late 2016 by the current caretaker, who subsequently rebuilt the carburetor and the shock absorbers while accruing no more than 100 miles.
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 Pierces ever built.