Pierce-Arrow Model 48 7-Passenger Touring

In contrast to Peerless and Packard, which introduced their new V-8 and “Twin Six” V-12 engines in 1916, Pierce-Arrow held firm to its line of powerful, large-displacement sixes through 1927. In particular, Pierce’s hallmark for many years was its T-head engine layout, which was produced in several sizes; for most of the teen years, they were available in 38-, 48-, and 66-horsepower variants. The Pierce-Arrow six was renowned from the beginning for its remarkable power and near silence, a trait that unexpectedly drew the favor of the era’s more successful bootleggers.

Priced from $5,000 to a commanding $6,200, depending upon the buyer’s choice of body style, the Pierce Model 48 was revered when new and perhaps even more so today. It remains a mighty car, capable of carrying the most imposing coachwork and covering great distances with ease.

Part of the RM Auctions event in Arizona, January 2013.

48 bhp, 525 cu. in. T-head six-cylinder engine, four-speed selective sliding-gear manual transmission, solid beam front axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, semi-floating rear axle with three-quarter elliptic leaf springs, and rear-wheel mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 142 in.

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Neil Fraser

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