The Pierce-Arrow Motor Car Company was an American motor vehicle manufacturer based in Buffalo, New York, which was active from 1901 to 1938. Best known for its expensive luxury cars.
Pierce-Arrow pioneered many important features like the fender-mounted headlights designed by Herbert Dawley in 1913. Pierce-Arrow also formed an alliance with another Buffalo-based company, Aluminum Company of America, to pioneer cast aluminum body panels. Light, corrosion resistant and not subject to the joint wear and squeaks of contemporary wood-framed, steel or aluminum panel coachwork, Pierce-Arrow's aluminum bodies contributed to the marque's reputation for quality, strength and long life.
Another Pierce-Arrow innovation were power brakes from 1924 using a vacuum booster developed by Pierce-Arrow engineer Victor Kliesrath and noted racer Caleb Bragg.
Pierce-Arrow had a deserved reputation for huge six-cylinder T-head engines such as the 415 cubic inch Model 33 and 525 cubic inch Model 51 but recognized that it was missing the chance to give a younger clientele a taste of Pierce-Arrow prestige and quality that would make them loyal customers. The Model 80 was the answer.
Introduced in 1924 the Pierce-Arrow Model 80 was a major departure with a 289 cubic inch L-head six-cylinder engine and a price that was barely half that of the T-head 425 cubic inch Model 33. Despite giving away 129 cubic inches to its big brother the Model 80's 70 brake horsepower was only 30 less than the Model 33. Weighing some 1,200 pounds less than the Model 33, the Pierce-Arrow Model 80 actually outperformed its more established stablemate.
This PIERCE ARROW was produced in 1925, with a custom aluminium OPERA COUPE body. Custom-made body rolled vehicle at the PIERCE ARROW factory in BUFFALO (NY). PIERCE ARROW is one of the four most luxurious vehicle brands in the US. It was built at the request of the elite and dignitaries. Inline 6 cylinder engine - 4.730 ccm bottom valve, 70HP with a 3-speed manual gearbox without synchronization. The renovation of the vehicle's body was carried out several dozen years ago in the USA. The chassis and drivetrain are completely original and with factory markings.
The vehicle was brought to Poland in 2009. It was purchased after long negotiations, from a collector. One owner in Poland, garaged, winner of awards in Poland and Europe.
The 1925 Pierce-Arrow Model 80 Opera Coupe is one of the rarer 6 cylinder versions. It drives very well and has a well preserved interior.
|Engine||4.730 ccm, 70 HP, I6|
|Steering||Left Hand Drive|
|Layout||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Color - exterior||Green|
|Color - interior||Creme|
|Miles/Kilometers shown||14.000 mls|
|Chassis / VIN||805171|
|Location - Country||Poland|
|Location - City||Lodz|
2-door coupe body type; RWD (rear-wheel drive), manual 3-speed gearbox; gasoline (petrol) engine with displacement: 4730 cm3, advertised power: 70 hp