Pierce-Arrow Twelve Touring Sedan
Cadillac’s introduction of the Sixteen in 1929 launched the multi-cylinder race, and Pierce-Arrow was obligated to respond. The new Twelve was a clean sheet design introduced in 1932 and catapulted the new car into the front ranks. The same year, Ab Jenkins drove an essentially stock but lightened V12 coupe roadster to Bonneville, where he drove for 25 ½ hours, averaging 117 mph (including stops for fuel and oil) over 3,000 miles, breaking an unbelievable 66 official AAA records. In fact, he then drove the car 2,000 miles back to Buffalo! Returning the following year, he set no less than 79 new records with another Pierce-Arrow.
This short wheelbase, twelve-cylinder touring sedan was restored between 1988 and 1989 by Eddie Cobb who, despite being relatively unknown in the industry, did such an outstanding job that his work was awarded the coveted Vanderveer Trophy, the most prestigious award of the Pierce-Arrow Society. The cost of restoration was $149,000 in the late 1980s.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in March of 2010 at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida.
160 hp, 462.0 cu. in. L-head V12 engine, three-speed manual transmission, suspension via front and rear semi-elliptic leaf springs, solid front axle, live rear axle and four-wheel mechanical brakes. Wheelbase: 137"
Source: RM Auctions