Pierce-Arrow Twelve 5-Passenger Sedan
The V-12 marked the final chapter in the storied history of Pierce-Arrow, and what a chapter it was! Karl Wise, the company’s new Chief Engineer, headed development, and testing commenced in 1931 with famed driver Ab Jenkins piloting an experimental Pierce V-12 across the Bonneville Salt Flats. After covering over 2,000 miles within 24 hours, Jenkins reached 125 mph, managed an impressive 112 mph average and set 14 official international records in the process.
The engine’s design proved highly sound, and despite the worsening Great Depression, the Twelve debuted in November 1931. Carefully developed to its ultimate 1936 – 1938 form, the Pierce Twelve developed 185 bhp from its massive 462-cubic inch displacement and carried a wide variety of luxurious factory and custom-built bodies. The final body designs were attractively streamlined, refined and slightly wider than before, supported by a sturdier frame with a supplemental frame member and lengthened leaf springs, resulting in improved ride quality.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in October of 2011 at the Hershey Lodge, Hershey, Pennsylvania.
185 bhp, 462 cu. in. L-head V-12 engine, three-speed manual transmission with overdrive, solid front and semi-floating rear axles with semi-elliptic leaf springs, two-speed rear axle, and four-wheel, vacuum-assisted mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 139"
Source: RM Auctions