<b>1926 Pierce Arrow Model 80 Rumble Seat Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. 8015876 <br />Engine no. 8013711

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1926 Pierce Arrow Model 80 Rumble Seat Roadster
Chassis no. 8015876
Engine no. 8013711

Sold for US$ 52,250 inc. premium
1926 Pierce Arrow Model 80 Rumble Seat Roadster
Chassis no. 8015876
Engine no. 8013711
289ci L-Head Inline 8-Cylinder Engine
Single Downdraft Carburetor
70bhp at 2,600rpm
3-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Semi-Elliptic Leaf Spring Suspension
4-Wheel Vacuum-Assisted Internal Expanding Mechanical Drum Brakes

*CCCA Full Classic™
*Sporting open two-seat rumble seat coachwork
*Quality older restoration


THE PIERCE-ARROW MODEL 80

One of America's oldest and most prestigious auto manufacturers, Buffalo, New York based Pierce-Arrow was a leader in quality, design, style and luxury since it began building automobiles in 1901. It quickly progressed from the single cylinder Motorette to the four-cylinder Great Arrow in 1904, a model that was so successful and prestigious it caused the company to add Arrow to its name.

The first Pierce-Arrow with a six-cylinder engine was 1907's Great Arrow; the last four-cylinder was built in 1909 and six-cylinder engines in various sizes powered all Pierce-Arrows until 1929. Pierce-Arrow pioneered many important features like the fender-mounted headlights designed by Herbert Dawley in 1913. Pierce-Arrow also formed an alliance with another Buffalo-based company, Aluminum Company of America, to pioneer cast aluminum body panels. Light, corrosion resistant and not subject to the joint wear and squeaks of contemporary wood-framed, steel or aluminum panel coachwork, Pierce-Arrow's aluminum bodies contributed to the marque's reputation for quality, strength and long life.

Another Pierce-Arrow innovation were power brakes from 1924 using a vacuum booster developed by Pierce-Arrow engineer Victor Kliesrath and noted racer Caleb Bragg.

Pierce-Arrow had a deserved reputation for huge six-cylinder T-head engines such as the 415 cubic inch Model 33 and 525 cubic inch Model 51 but recognized that it was missing the chance to give a younger clientele a taste of Pierce-Arrow prestige and quality that would make them loyal customers. The Model 80 was the answer.

Introduced in 1924 the Pierce-Arrow Model 80 was a major departure with a 289 cubic inch L-head six-cylinder engine and a price that was barely half that of the T-head 425 cubic inch Model 33. Despite giving away 129 cubic inches to its big brother the Model 80's 70 brake horsepower was only 30 less than the Model 33. Weighing some 1,200 pounds less than the Model 33, the Pierce-Arrow Model 80 actually outperformed its more established stablemate.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

This 1926 Pierce-Arrow Model 80 Roadster is most definitely not typical of Pierce-Arrow production. Instead it is a jaunty and sporting car in sharp contrast with the staid sedans, touring cars, coaches and limousine bodies that graced most Pierce-Arrows. Its open roadster body with rumble seat sits gracefully on the Model 80's 130 inch wheelbase. The tops of the small doors are in line with the body break, giving it a continuous, sleek flow from radiator to tail that emphasizes its sporting character, a character accented by the opening windshield, tubular bumpers (single at the front, double at the rear on each side of the covered rear-mounted spare wheel and tire) and the golf bag door in the body side.

Similarly, the molded Herbert Dawley headlights are in keeping with the Model 80 Roadster's sporting character. Finished in beige with brown fenders, frame covers and body side accent, its character is highlighted by 6.00x22 Lincoln whitewall tires on flamboyant orange centerlock wire wheels and the Pierce-Arrow archer radiator mascot atop the chrome radiator shell. Upholstery is green leather contrasted with a beige cloth top bound in green. Bright aluminum running boards and step plates for access to the rumble seat emphasize Pierce-Arrow's adoption of aluminum for much of their coachwork.

This example is a well-maintained older restoration with good paint, chrome and interior. The restoration's quality is evident in how well it has survived, particularly as the engine compartment shows age and use, although it is still orderly. The interior trim shows some wear where the driver's and passenger's elbows and forearms have rested on numerous tours and events.

Befitting their quality and performance, all Pierce-Arrows from 1925-1937 are recognized by the Classic Car Club of America as Full Classics™, according them participation in the Club's many shows, events and tours as well as endorsing the marque's stature as one of the pre-eminent automobiles of the classic era.

This 1926 Pierce-Arrow Model 80 Roadster is a charming example of Jazz Age style and flair. It continues to exude character and exuberance as well as having freeway-standard performance.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that the correct chassis number for this vehicle is 8013647.
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<b>1926 Pierce Arrow Model 80 Rumble Seat Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. 8015876 <br />Engine no. 8013711
<b>1926 Pierce Arrow Model 80 Rumble Seat Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. 8015876 <br />Engine no. 8013711
<b>1926 Pierce Arrow Model 80 Rumble Seat Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. 8015876 <br />Engine no. 8013711
<b>1926 Pierce Arrow Model 80 Rumble Seat Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. 8015876 <br />Engine no. 8013711
<b>1926 Pierce Arrow Model 80 Rumble Seat Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. 8015876 <br />Engine no. 8013711
<b>1926 Pierce Arrow Model 80 Rumble Seat Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. 8015876 <br />Engine no. 8013711
<b>1926 Pierce Arrow Model 80 Rumble Seat Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. 8015876 <br />Engine no. 8013711
<b>1926 Pierce Arrow Model 80 Rumble Seat Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. 8015876 <br />Engine no. 8013711
<b>1926 Pierce Arrow Model 80 Rumble Seat Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. 8015876 <br />Engine no. 8013711
<b>1926 Pierce Arrow Model 80 Rumble Seat Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. 8015876 <br />Engine no. 8013711
<b>1926 Pierce Arrow Model 80 Rumble Seat Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. 8015876 <br />Engine no. 8013711
<b>1926 Pierce Arrow Model 80 Rumble Seat Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. 8015876 <br />Engine no. 8013711
<b>1926 Pierce Arrow Model 80 Rumble Seat Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. 8015876 <br />Engine no. 8013711
<b>1926 Pierce Arrow Model 80 Rumble Seat Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. 8015876 <br />Engine no. 8013711
<b>1926 Pierce Arrow Model 80 Rumble Seat Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. 8015876 <br />Engine no. 8013711
<b>1926 Pierce Arrow Model 80 Rumble Seat Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. 8015876 <br />Engine no. 8013711
<b>1926 Pierce Arrow Model 80 Rumble Seat Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. 8015876 <br />Engine no. 8013711
<b>1926 Pierce Arrow Model 80 Rumble Seat Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. 8015876 <br />Engine no. 8013711
<b>1926 Pierce Arrow Model 80 Rumble Seat Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. 8015876 <br />Engine no. 8013711
<b>1926 Pierce Arrow Model 80 Rumble Seat Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. 8015876 <br />Engine no. 8013711
<b>1926 Pierce Arrow Model 80 Rumble Seat Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. 8015876 <br />Engine no. 8013711
<b>1926 Pierce Arrow Model 80 Rumble Seat Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. 8015876 <br />Engine no. 8013711
<b>1926 Pierce Arrow Model 80 Rumble Seat Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. 8015876 <br />Engine no. 8013711
<b>1926 Pierce Arrow Model 80 Rumble Seat Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. 8015876 <br />Engine no. 8013711
<b>1926 Pierce Arrow Model 80 Rumble Seat Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. 8015876 <br />Engine no. 8013711
<b>1926 Pierce Arrow Model 80 Rumble Seat Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. 8015876 <br />Engine no. 8013711
<b>1926 Pierce Arrow Model 80 Rumble Seat Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. 8015876 <br />Engine no. 8013711
<b>1926 Pierce Arrow Model 80 Rumble Seat Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. 8015876 <br />Engine no. 8013711
<b>1926 Pierce Arrow Model 80 Rumble Seat Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. 8015876 <br />Engine no. 8013711
<b>1926 Pierce Arrow Model 80 Rumble Seat Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. 8015876 <br />Engine no. 8013711
<b>1926 Pierce Arrow Model 80 Rumble Seat Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. 8015876 <br />Engine no. 8013711
<b>1926 Pierce Arrow Model 80 Rumble Seat Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. 8015876 <br />Engine no. 8013711
<b>1926 Pierce Arrow Model 80 Rumble Seat Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. 8015876 <br />Engine no. 8013711
<b>1926 Pierce Arrow Model 80 Rumble Seat Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. 8015876 <br />Engine no. 8013711
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