Lot 16

2014   |   Pebble Beach Auctions 2014

1916 Pierce-Arrow Model 38 Four-Passenger Touring

SOLD $170,500


$200,000 - $240,000



Car Highlights

Believed One of Only Three Remaining Model 38 Four-Passenger Touring Models
Spectacular Candidate for Preservation Concours Participation
Accompanied by Original Keys, Locks, and a New Top
Veteran of Numerous Brass and Nickel Era Tours

Technical Specs

414.7 CiD 6-Cylinder T-head Engine
Single Updraft Carburetor
72 BhP at 2,500 RPM
4-Speed Manual Gearbox
Rear Wheel Mechanical Drum Brakes
Solid Front Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs
Live Rear Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs
Register to Bid

Bill Harrah Collection Reno, Nevada (acquired circa 1950s)W.G. Thompson of Tamworth, New Hampshire (acquired from above in 1980s)Charles Le Maitre, Hardwick, Massachusetts (acquired in 1998)Peter Hageman, Seattle, Washington (acquired in 2008)Current Owner (acquired from the above)

Completed Five Paso Robles Tours over the Past Six Years

Pierce-Arrow was one of “The Three Ps.” Along with Packard and Peerless, they were considered among the finest American cars in the early 20th century. Pierce-Arrows were created for the very wealthy, without regard to expense, and the quality will be remembered long after the cost is forgotten, to paraphrase Rolls-Royce.

The car presented is a Model 38 Four-Passenger Touring. Marketed as a low-door, five-place phaeton, it was sometimes referred to as a “Walk-Through Speedster” because of its divided front bucket seats. Like most Pierce-Arrows, the body was formed of cast aluminum, with numerous skillfully applied coats of paint.

This Pierce-Arrow spent almost 40 years in Bill Harrah’s Reno, Nevada, collection. it was sold after his passing to W.G. Thompson of Tamworth, New Hampshire. The consignor acquired the Model 38 four years ago and has enjoyed each mile of touring since.

This is a stunning Pierce-Arrow, with beautiful dark blue paint. it has had the same keys and locks from new. The black leather front seats are partially original, and the back of the rear seat has been reupholstered in matching vintage leather. Once fitted with a cape top, the car now carries a full-length, lined folding top, copied from its sister car. The Model 38 has completed five Paso Robles Tours in California’s Central Coast and has proved to be a lovely driving example.

This Pierce-Arrow must be considered a strong candidate for preservation class participation at numerous concours events. As the consignor points out, “it’s 98 years old, with its original clothes.”