Pierce-Arrow Model B 7-Passenger Sedan

Two very significant events in Pierce-Arrow’s history occurred in 1928. Despite the relative popularity of the lower-priced Series 80, the venerable company was not healthy. New models were needed, and salvation came in the form of an alliance with Studebaker, which had a hefty cash surplus and a desire to offer a true luxury model.

A new engine was developed for 1929, and was much lighter than the big T-head six it replaced, and at 125 brake horsepower, provided 25 percent more power from fewer cubic inches, as well as smooth and vibration-proof operation. The year 1929 was the best ever for Pierce with nearly 10,000 cars sold, and optimism still reigned for 1930. New models for 1930 were simply designated A, B and C, from largest and most expensive to smallest and least expensive. There were now four wheelbases, and three sizes of engines. The new 366 cubic inch unit was used in the Model B, the flagship Model A had 385 cubic inches, and the “economy” Model C offered a 340-cubic-inch engine. Prices started at $2,695, and rose to $8,025.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2009 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.

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

Source: RM Auctions

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