Pierce-Arrow Society Feature Articles 

Feature Article Archive

Feature articles previously posted on the Pierce-Arrow Society website are listed below. These articles are just a few examples of the articles that appear regularly in Pierce-Arrow Society publications. If you enjoy these articles, we invite you to JOIN the Pierce-Arrow Society and a local REGION near you!

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Chris Diekman provides interesting insight into the business of selling Pierce-Arrows in the early 1930's. With information from the notebook of a Pierce-Arrow salesman, Chris is able to answer questions like:
  • How much was a Pierce-Arrow Salesman paid?
  • How did the salesman's commission scheme work?
  • What did the Pierce-Arrows cost new?
  • What were the rules and regulations for Pierce-Arrow salesmen?
Pierce-Arrow showroom - 1931
Chris Diekman discusses the repair and coating of the manifolds on his 1931 Model 43. Chris describes the repair of cracks and holes that had developed in the casting as well as various options for the final finish. Our thanks to Chris for sharing his experience and research!
Repaired Manifolds
Fender Head Lamps
A century ago, Pierce-Arrow adopted their trademark fender headlights. This article by Roger Sherman is typical of the quality articles members receive in the Pierce-Arrow Society quarterly magazine, The Arrow.
Roger Sherman, editor of the PAS quarterly magazine, The Arrow, describes the construction of the cast aluminum bodies used by Pierce-Arrow.
38-C-4 Convertible Coupe
Chris Diekman describes the restoration of his Pierce bicycle, including finding parts, tires, and even a new seat! Members with Pierce bicycles will benefit from the experience Chris had with his bicycle.
1901 Pierce Bicycle Catalog cover
Chris Diekman chronicles the story of Pierce-Arrow's attempt to train their salesmen to market the new 1932 Pierce-Arrows via a set of filmstrips. Chris describes the set of events that led to finding a complete salesman's kit, digitizing all the images, adding music and sound effects, and creating a truly unique project for the Pierce-Arrow Society.
1932 Pierce-Arrow Salesman's Kit
For many of us, the previous owners of our Pierce-Arrow are every bit as much of the history of the car as the factory that made it. Merlin Smith describes driving his 1932 Pierce-Arrow Model 54 Enclosed Drive Limousine from his home in Louisiana to the Gathering at Gilmore in Michigan. Merlin was confident the car would make the trip because he knew the former owner, and good friend, Enrico Brocato, had restored the car to drive.
Merlin Smith and his 1932 Model 54 Enclosed Drive Limousine
Chris Diekman discusses the repair of the cylinder head in his 1931 Model 43 7-Passenger Sedan. A small pool of water on the head after driving indicated a small leak in the head. In this article, Chris discusses the steps he took to restore the cylinder head. Our thanks to Chris for submitting this article.
Chris Diekman's 1931 Model 43 7-Passenger Sedan
Bob Dluhy provides a detailed account of the restoration of his 1931 Model 43 Phaeton. Bob completed the twelve-year restoration of his Pierce-Arrow just in time for the 2007 PAS Annual Meet, where it won 1st in class.

The article first appeared in The New England Pierce Journal, published quarterly by the New England Region of the Pierce-Arrow Society. Our thanks to Bob and New England Region editor, June Gould, for sharing this article.

Bob & Nancy Dluhy's 1931 Model 43 Phaeton
Bill and Wilma Hunter Morris are not newcomers to driving their Pierce-Arrows long distances. They have frequently received the Becker Long Distance Award for driving their Pierce-Arrow the farthest to the PAS Annual Meet. In 2007, Bill and Wilma drove their 1931 Model 42 Sedan from their home near Chicago to the PAS Annual Meet in Williamstown, Massachusetts. In this article, Bill discusses their adventure.
Bill & Wilma Hunter Morris with their 1931 Model 42 Sedan
Marc Hamburger's 1931 Model 41 LeBaron Club Sedan won the Weis Trophy at the 50th Annual Meet in Williamstown, Massachusetts. In this article, Marc describes the seven-year restoration and how the contacts made through the Pierce-Arrow Society helped him restore his prize-winning Pierce-Arrow.
1931 Model 41 LeBaron Club Sedan
After acquiring a car he had admired for years, Tony Doughty provides a driver's report on his 1922 Series 33 4-Passenger Touring. This article first appeared in The Arrow Driver, published by the Midwest Region of the Pierce-Arrow Society.
1922 Series 33 4-Passenger Touring
One of our younger members, Linnea Shoberg, puts the Pierce-Arrow experience into words better any of us. Our thanks to Linnea and the Southern California Region Newsletter, The Pierce-Arrow Mascot for allowing us to reprint her Novice's Guide to the Pierce-Arrow.
The 8-cylinder engine powered most Pierce-Arrows from 1929 through 1938. In this article, Roger Sherman, editor of the Pierce-Arrow Society magazine The Arrow, discusses the development of Pierce-Arrow's 8-cylinder engine for 1929.
8-Cylinder Pierce-Arrow Engine
In this article, Bob Sands traces the history of his 1936 Brunn custom-bodied Metropolitan Town Brougham from the original order from the Boston Pierce-Arrow dealer in 1935 to Sam Adelman's salvage yard and the Barney Pollard collection. When Bob acquired the car, it had suffered years of neglect. This article concludes by discussing the extensive restoration the car received. Bob planned on debuting the car at the 2004 Annual Meet in Asheville, North Carolina, but developed trailer problems on the way to the meet. Not to be discouraged, Bob tried again, taking the car to the 2005 Annual Meet in Springfield Illinois, where the car won the Weis Trophy.
1936 1601 Metropolitan Town Brougham
The Pierce-Arrow Society values original, unrestored cars. In this article, Curtiss Pool traces the history of this remarkably well preserved, original Pierce-Arrow from original delivery for high society events of Washington, D.C., through years of languishing in a Virginia warehouse, until he acquired the car in 1998. Curtiss describes the reunion of this Pierce-Arrow with the daughter of the car's original chauffeur over 60 years later.
1926 Series 80 Derham Town Car
Pierce-Arrow's last all new model was developed in 1936. This article discusses the final years of Pierce-Arrow and the 1936 -1938 cars.
1936 Pierce-Arrow
Despite financial turmoil, Pierce-Arrow managed to introduce a new car for 1934. The 1934 models featured all new streamlined styling, breaking away from the look of earlier models.
1934 Pierce-Arrow Advertisement
Pierce-Arrow's top-of-the-line car in the 1920's was the Dual-Valve Six Series 33. Powered by a 414 cubic inch 6-cylinder, 24-valve engine, the Series 33 replaced the right-hand drive 38, 48, and 66 horsepower models of earlier years.
1926 Series 33 7-Passenger Touring
The Series 80, produced from 1925 through 1927 remains a very popular model. While smaller and less complex than the Dual-Valve Six, the Series 80 maintained the quality construction associated with Pierce-Arrow.
Series 80 Runabout
Everybody loves to see brass-era Pierce-Arrows! Pierce-Arrow began establishing their reputation as a premier car during this era. This article discusses the 1911 models.
1911 Pierce-Arrow Advertisement
The 1932 Pierce-Arrows are amoung the most popular models. They have survived in fairly high numbers and are almost always represented at the Annual Meet. The article discusses the 8-cylinder Model 54 and the development and marketing of the 12-cylinder Models 51, 52 and 53.
1932 Pierce-Arrow