Pierce-Arrow Formal Limousine

Based on its serial number, this extended-wheelbase Model 836 has been confirmed as a very late 1933 car, having been produced only 12 units before the end of Pierce-Arrow production for 1933. According to the prior owner, it was delivered new to a Korean Prince during Japanese colonial rule. The Pierce-Arrow later accompanied him to Japan, where it was reportedly used until 1945 and then hidden away in a garage. It remained in storage there until 1980, when it was discovered and subsequently obtained by one of Japan’s most prestigious private automotive museums.

Next, the car was sent to New Zealand, where its paint, chrome and interior were renewed while its chassis and mechanicals were also overhauled. It was then displayed in the museum where it remained until recently. Next, this princely Pierce-Arrow returned to the United States for the first time in over 75 years.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in July of 2010 at the Shotwell Gustafson Pavilion at Meadow Brook Hall, Rochester, Michigan.

135 hp, 366 cu. in. inline eight-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission, solid front axle and live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel brakes. Wheelbase: 139"

Source: RM Auctions

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