1921 Pierce-Arrow Model 32 for sale 101177835
1921 Pierce-Arrow Model 32
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1921 Pierce-Arrow Model 32

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Classic Car Overview

Pierce-Arrows origins go well back to the middle 1800s when the company was known as Heintz Pierce and Munchauer. Based in Buffalo New York the firm produced household goods such as birdcages and iceboxes all to a very high standard of quality. In 1872 George N. Pierce bought out his partners and renamed it the George N. Pierce Company shifting focus to bicycles and by 1900 a steam-powered automobile. The steam car was a failure so Pierce and his team returned to the drawing board and designed a small buggy with a French De Dion petrol engine. The Motorette proved to be a success selling 150 examples. In just a few short years Pierce would join the ranks of the most exclusive luxury automobile manufacturers in America. The Three Ps of Packard Pierce-Arrow and Peerless built the finest motorcars of the era known for their grand scale and locomotive-like quality. These automobiles were the choice for any wealthy industrialist or socialite looking to make a bold statement.Much of Pierce-Arrows success lies with David Fergusson who served as the companys chief engineer for nearly two decades leading the firm to the pinnacle of luxury car manufacturing in the teens and twenties. By 1909 the company was officially known as Pierce-Arrow and they proved their worth by winning five Glidden Tours in a row. Their cars grew in scale and prestige with the list of innovations including cast aluminum coachwork hydraulic tappets and later power-assisted braking. 1913 saw the introduction of Pierce-Arrows most notable design element the fender-mounted electric headlamps. This patented design by Herbert Dawley allowed for more effective lighting while also giving Pierce one of their most distinguishing features. On the mechanical side Fergusson continually developed his six-cylinder engines with the big Models 48 and 66 being the most powerful cars on the market.After Fergussons departure and the arrival of new management Pierce-Arrow remained committed to quality and in 1920 they introduced an entirely new model designed to simplify the line while still delivering the quality and prestige customers demanded. The Model 32 shared one chassis across the entire range with a manageable selection of ten body styles all made in-house of cast aluminum. Before the Model 32 there were some sixty possible combinations of body and chassis available. Pierce-Arrow finally moved away from right-hand-drive and the 414 cubic-inch dual-valve inline-six was now of Monobloc construction. The Model 32 and its successor (Model 33) continued Pierce Arrows impeccable reputation for quality and prestige in American motorcars into the 1920s.Sitting proudly near the top of Pierce-Arrows 1921 lineup this magnificent Model 32 Vestibule Suburban was one of the most expensive prestigious automobiles available in its day. As the name implies the intended use was to shuttle wealthy owners between their city and country dwellings and the eye-watering $9000 price tag ensured exclusivity. This car has enjoyed long-term ownership with a Brass and Nickel Era enthusiast and it presents in marvelous condition with a beautifully detailed restoration.Finished in dark blue with a complimentary dark blue interior this beautiful Pierce-Arrow has a commanding presence riding on an impressive 138 wheelbase chassis. The coachwork is indicative of the quality and precision Pierce-Arrow with beautifully fitted panels and superb nickel plated fittings. The dark blue paintwork is understated yet elegant suiting the cars intended purpose. Paint quality is excellent with deep gloss on all surfaces and only a few minor imperfections found that are appropriate for the age of the restoration. Details such as the Pierce mascot nickel-plated radiator shell and correct fluted headlamps point to a high-quality restoration.The cabin restoration is up to the same high standards with beautiful navy blue leather and carpets presenting in excellent condition. The seats show very little in the way of wear and creasing consistent with the cars limited recent use. Rear passengers enjoy fabric roller blinds on all windows and fold-away opera seats which allow for up to seven passengers to ride in comfort. The quality of the upholstery is exemplary with high-grade materials used throughout the interior. Pierce-Arrow designed the instrument panel with the chauffeur in mind. Clearly labeled switches and simple bold instruments sit neatly arranged in the center of the dash for simple operation on the go and this is one of Pierce-Arrows earliest models with left-hand drive and center shifting.Under the hood rests the mighty 414 cubic-inch Dual Valve inline-six. The engine features twin ignition and a single-casting for the cylinder block in place of the traditional cast pairs of earlier T-head engines. The big six is rated at 32 horsepower and revered for its superior refinement and effortless torque. Following a period of disuse the car received a light recommissioning with new fluids and complete chassis lubrication. Under-hood presentation is excellent with period-correct fittings wiring and paint finishes.In 2011 this car earned a class award at the Concours dElegance of America and it remains in superb condition worthy of further enjoyment as a beautiful tour car or for use in concours events and shows. In its day few cars could match Pierce-Arrow for their presence quality and unmistakable styling and the Model 32 stands among the greatest motorcars of the era. Offers Welcome and Trades Considered

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Vehicle Specifications

  • VIN
    322220
  • Classic Car ID
    101177835
  • Stock Number
    6482
  • Category
    Antiques
  • Body Style
    N/A
  • New/Used
    Used
  • Mileage
    N/A
  • Engine
    N/A
  • Drivetrain
    N/A
  • Transmission
    N/A
  • Exterior Color
    blue
  • Custom Color
    N/A

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