Lot 143

2015   |   Scottsdale Auctions 2015

1933 Pierce-Arrow 1247 Twelve Convertible Sedan

Coachwork by LeBaron

SOLD $346,500


$250,000 - $300,000| Without Reserve



Car Highlights

Wonderful Example of Coachbuilt 1930s Elegance
Exceedingly Rare as One of Seven Known to the CCCA
Legendary V-12 Engine and Long 147" Wheelbase
Striking LeBaron Custom Coachwork
A Crowning Achievement of Classic Era Engineering

Technical Specs

462 CID L-Head V-12 Engine
Stromberg Downdraft Carburetor
175 BHP at 3,400 RPM
3-Speed Synchromesh Manual Gearbox
4-Wheel Servo-Assisted Mechanical Drum Brakes
Live-Axle Suspension with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs
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Countering the multi-cylinder challenge issued by Cadillac in 1930, Pierce- Arrow launched two new V-12 models for 1932. A “clean-sheet” design with mighty performance, the Pierce-Arrow Twelve was more than a worthy competitor. Legendary racer Ab Jenkins drove a V-12 roadster to a 24-hour average speed of 112.91 mph, repeatedly raising the mark to an ultimate 127 mph by 1934.

Enhancements for 1933 brought displacement and power increases for the redesignated 1242 and 1247 models. Despite prominent placement within the White House vehicle fleet, buyers of these elite cars were fewer than expected. Today, the CCCA Register lists just seven 1242s and seven longer-wheelbase 1247s from 1933. Numbered 3550092, this 1933 Pierce-Arrow 1247 carries elegant and versatile convertible sedan bodywork custom-built by LeBaron. According to conversations with Pierce-Arrow authority Bernie Weis, 3550092 passed through several noted collections during its lifetime. A sound, well-maintained example, the regal Pierce-Arrow received a new convertible top during the 2000s and comprehensive detail work completed in 2008 by Blairsville, Pennsylvania’s Chuck Vatter. The consignor acquired this exceedingly rare 1247 in 2009 and has carefully maintained it ever since. Rare, striking, and technically sophisticated, it stands proudly as a landmark of the Classic Era.