1932 Pierce-Arrow Eight Model 54 5-Passenger Sedan  Chassis no. 1050947 Engine no. 231105
Lot 558¤
1932 Pierce-Arrow Eight Model 54 5-Passenger Sedan
Chassis no. 1050947 Engine no. 231105
Sold for US$ 4,620 inc. premium

Lot Details
1932 Pierce-Arrow Eight Model 54 5-Passenger Sedan  Chassis no. 1050947 Engine no. 231105 1932 Pierce-Arrow Eight Model 54 5-Passenger Sedan  Chassis no. 1050947 Engine no. 231105 1932 Pierce-Arrow Eight Model 54 5-Passenger Sedan  Chassis no. 1050947 Engine no. 231105 1932 Pierce-Arrow Eight Model 54 5-Passenger Sedan  Chassis no. 1050947 Engine no. 231105
1932 Pierce-Arrow Eight Model 54 5-Passenger Sedan
Chassis no. 1050947
Engine no. 231105
366ci, L-head V8 engine
125hp at 3,800rpm
3-speed transmission
Semi-elliptic leaf springs front and rear
4-wheel drum brakes

*Renowned marque
*Original sedan coachwork
*For restoration


Pierce-Arrow

Some idea of the rapidity of Pierce-Arrow's rise may be gauged from the fact that as early as 1909 The White House ordered two for state occasions. From then onwards Pierce-Arrow would be synonymous with the ultimate in motoring luxury, ranking alongside Cadillac, Packard and Rolls-Royce.

With its prestige and identity firmly established, Pierce-Arrow prospered into the 'teens and early 1920s. But the company would soon begin to slip. It clung to its large six-cylinder engines, some of which still used the by now antiquated T-head design, even as competitors almost universally adopted eight-cylinder powerplants. At the same time, Pierce-Arrow styling remained stiffly formal and overly conservative, while other prestige nameplates pursued the art deco flamboyance that was increasingly coming into style as the Roaring '20s sped on.

Pierce-Arrow was already developing an eight-cylinder engine by the time its directors voted to accept a merger offer from Studebaker Corp. in 1928. At first, it seemed to be a marriage made in heaven. The 1929 eight-cylinder Pierce-Arrows that soon issued forth were affordable, stylish and fast—and they sold like the proverbial hotcakes. With 1929 sales soaring, an ambitious custom-body program was planned for the 1930 Pierce-Arrow chassis. The classically proportioned 1931 Pierce-Arrows had longer wheelbases than earlier models.

The Motorcar Offered

This Pierce hallows from the 1932 season of Eights. A recent 'barn find' Pierce-Arrow that was extracted from long term hibernation in Lynchburg, Virginia, where it had resided for many years, also carries a license sticker indicating that it had once been resident in Connecticut. The original plate is present on its frame, and the correct body plate is on the cowl. Many spare parts, including an extra engine, are also included.

Sold 'as is', the car carries all of the hallmark Pierce-Arrow design traits such as the pronounced headlight openings and swept fender and running board lines.

Without reserve

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that this vehicle is titled as a 1931.
Auction information

This auction is now finished.

If you are interested in consigning in future auctions, please email us at motors.us@bonhams.com or request a complimentary motorcar valuation.

If you have queries about lots purchased in this auction, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

For all Sales categories excluding Arms & Armor, Coins & Medals, Motor Cars, Motorcycles, and Wine & Whisky:

Buyer's Premium Rates
25% on the first $100,000 of the Hammer Price
20% from $100,001 to $2,000,000 of the Hammer Price
12% on the excess over $2,000,000 of the Hammer Price

Payment Notices

Payment for purchases may be made in or by (a) cash, (b) cashier's check or money order, (c) personal check with approved credit drawn on a U.S. bank, (d) wire transfer or other immediate bank transfer, or (e) Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover credit, charge or debit card. A processing fee will be assessed on any returned checks. Please note that the amount of cash notes and cash equivalents that can be accepted from a given purchaser may be limited.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licences please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.

Lot symbols
¤ Without reserve
Contacts
  1. Samantha Hamill
    Auction Administration - Motor Cars
    Bonhams
    Work
    580 Madison Avenue
    New York, United States 10022
    Work +1 212 461 6514
    FaxFax: +1 917 206 1669
  2. Rupert Banner
    Specialist - Motor Cars
    Bonhams
    Work
    580 Madison Avenue
    New York, United States 10022
    Work +1 212 461 6515
    FaxFax: +1 917 206 1669
  3. Evan Ide
    Specialist - Motor Cars
    Bonhams
    Work Boston, United States
    Work +1 917 340 4657
  4. Eric Minoff
    Specialist - Motor Cars
    Bonhams
    Work
    580 Madison Avenue
    New York, United States 10022
    Work +1 917 206 1630
    FaxFax: +1 917 206 1669
Similar Items