1930 Pierce-Arrow

Model A


Configuration: Front-engine, rear wheel drive

Engine: 365 CID inline 8-cylinder engine

Horsepower: 132hp

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
1930 Pierce-Arrow.

These cars came in three variations: Model B, Model C and the largest, and most expensive, luxury model, Model A – on exhibition here.


The Design
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.

Other Cars in this Collection

1932 Ford Sema Duece Custom Roadster
1959 Autobianchi Bianchina Transformabile
1966 Shelby 427 AC Cobra
1955 Messerschmitt KR-200 Bubble Top
1989 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet
1930 Pierce-Arrow Model A
1964 Porsche 356C 1600 Cabriolet
Ferrari 550 Barchetta
1968 Porsche 911 Soft Window Targa
1962 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Convertible
1936 Auburn 852 SC Boattail Speedster
1959 Nash Convertible Metropolitan
1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Roadster
1954 Austin-Healey 100/4 BN1 Le Mans
1968 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 1/2 4.2-Litre Roadster
2013 Ferrari “458 Spyder”