Configuration: Front-engine, rear wheel drive
Engine: 365 CID inline 8-cylinder engine
Transmission: 3-speed manual
A Little History
The name Pierce-Arrow was once one of the most recognized and respected names in the automobile industry. For 38 years, the Pierce-Arrow Motor Car Company in Buffalo, New York, produced some of the finest automobiles made.
For over 20 years, Pierce-Arrow supplied cars to the White House for the use of the President, as well as for the royal families of Japan, Persia, Saudi Arabia, Greece, Belgium, and scores of congressmen, ambassadors, governors, businessmen, and entertainers.
(The 1930 parade car built for the Shah of Persia. This $30,000 car had silk upholstery, gold hardware, Siberian wolfhound fur rugs, and the royal crest in precious jewels.)
At the end of the roaring 1920s, competition among luxury automakers had reached its peak. In order to keep up, Pierce-Arrow partnered with Studebaker in order to bring to market the
These cars came in three variations: Model B, Model C and the largest, and most expensive, luxury model, Model A – on exhibition here.
Everything about the Pierce-Arrow Model A is extravagant, from the Apollo-like “Archer” hood emblem (in Greek mythology, Apollo’s golden chariot drove the Sun across the heavens),
to the storage area made especially for the driver’s golf clubs, to the integrated headlamps,
down to the external “rumble box” seat made for – it was joked – annoying passengers.
Did You Know?
The body for the car on exhibition was designed by famed coachbuilder Raymond H. Dietrich, whose handiwork is celebrated perhaps even more so today.
Gibson Guitars CEO Ted McCarty, in 1962, convinced Dietrich to come out of retirement to design a new solid-body electric guitar that would not be limited by the traditional ways of designing and engineering an electric guitar – the result was the classic, ‘reverse’ Gibson Firebird, released in 1963, one of the most iconic and recognizable electric guitar designs ever.