1917 Pierce Arrow R-8 Open Back Lorry   Chassis no. 9932 Engine no. TBA

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Lot 1236
1917 Pierce Arrow R-8 Open Back Lorry
Registration no. C 9932 Chassis no. 9932 Engine no. TBA

Sold for £ 27,600 (US$ 35,189) inc. premium
1917 Pierce Arrow R-8 Open Back Lorry
Registration no. C 9932
Chassis no. 9932
Engine no. TBA

Footnotes

  • Like its contemporary rival Peerless, Pierce-Arrow of Buffalo, New York, had sprung from humble Victorian roots – in this case the manufacture of birdcages, iceboxes and other domestic items – to become one of America's finest makers of luxury cars; indeed, Pierce-Arrows were the car of choice for several American Presidents. From June 1911 Pierce-Arrow also offered a line of robust trucks with worm-drive rear axles, starting with the R-1 5-tonner, powered by a 7.4-litre pair-cast T-head engine rated at 38 hp. An improved 5-tonner, still with the 7.4-litre engine – the R-5 – was introduced, along with the 2-ton X-2, in 1914, and the quality of the Pierce trucks ensured large orders from the Allies during World War One. By war's end, Pierce-Arrow had delivered over 14,000 trucks to the British and French governments via import agents Gaston, Williams & Wigmore of New York.

    A particular strength of the American-built trucks in war service was their ease of repair. Noted an official report: "The parts of some of the American cars and trucks were interchangeable to an extent beyond the comprehension of the average British or French officer."

    Geared to 14 mph, the Pierce-Arrow R-series truck was available in two chassis lengths, 10ft 10.5in and 22ft 10.5in, with wheelbases of 14ft and 17ft respectively. It had an x-braced pressed alloy steel frame, with a degree of inbuilt flexibility to compensate for road inequalities. Said Pierce-Arrow: "A flexible frame improperly designed or assembled will by its very nature prove a source of trouble and expense, and for this reason the Pierce-Arrow, with its pioneering of the flexible frame, is in a position to offer the perfected article."
    This particular truck on the 17ft wheelbase, which has been officially dated as 1917 by the Veteran Car Club, was purchased by Michael Banfield in June 1973 from Pointer Group Transport of Norwich. It bears the World War One supplier's plate of Gaston, Williams & Wigmore on its dashboard. In its previous ownership, this veteran Pierce had appeared in the 1966 World War One flying movie The Blue Max, being shipped to Ireland aboard the MV Juno to take part in the filming, in which it served as a transport vehicle for the hero's Jagdstaffel of the Imperial German Air Service. Fitted with open cab dropside truck bodywork and in running order, it looks all set to play its part in the forthcoming commemoration of the Great War in which it served in fact and fiction.
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1917 Pierce Arrow R-8 Open Back Lorry   Chassis no. 9932 Engine no. TBA
1917 Pierce Arrow R-8 Open Back Lorry   Chassis no. 9932 Engine no. TBA
1917 Pierce Arrow R-8 Open Back Lorry   Chassis no. 9932 Engine no. TBA
1917 Pierce Arrow R-8 Open Back Lorry   Chassis no. 9932 Engine no. TBA
1917 Pierce Arrow R-8 Open Back Lorry   Chassis no. 9932 Engine no. TBA
1917 Pierce Arrow R-8 Open Back Lorry   Chassis no. 9932 Engine no. TBA
1917 Pierce Arrow R-8 Open Back Lorry   Chassis no. 9932 Engine no. TBA
1917 Pierce Arrow R-8 Open Back Lorry   Chassis no. 9932 Engine no. TBA
1917 Pierce Arrow R-8 Open Back Lorry   Chassis no. 9932 Engine no. TBA
1917 Pierce Arrow R-8 Open Back Lorry   Chassis no. 9932 Engine no. TBA
1917 Pierce Arrow R-8 Open Back Lorry   Chassis no. 9932 Engine no. TBA
1917 Pierce Arrow R-8 Open Back Lorry   Chassis no. 9932 Engine no. TBA
1917 Pierce Arrow R-8 Open Back Lorry   Chassis no. 9932 Engine no. TBA
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