1932 Pierce-Arrow Model 54 Convertible SedanSOLD

Gooding & Company Classic Car Auctions

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To be sold at the Gooding & Company Scottsdale Auctions on January 18 and 19, 2013. For further details please visit www.goodingco.com or contact a vehicle specialist at 001.310.899.1960 or specialist@goodingco.com. Engine Specifications: 366 CID L-Head Inline 8-Cylinder Engine Stromberg Carburetor 125 BHP at 3,200 RPM 4-Speed Selective-Sliding Manual Gearbox 4-Wheel Bendix Duo-Servo Mechanical Drum Brakes Front Solid Axle and Rear Live-Axle Suspension with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs About this Car: Although Pierce-Arrow had always built good looking cars, in 1932 new body styles were adopted that gave the entire line a much more cohesive and attractive appearance when compared with the preceding years of production. While many body styles were constructed on the 1932 chassis, the convertible sedan was one of the most elegant, desirable, and expensive styles to be offered; and today, they are highly sought-after examples of classic Pierce-Arrows. This faithfully presented Pierce-Arrow showcases the manufacturer’s renowned quality and luxurious character and has enjoyed a recent mechanical freshening, making this regal convertible sedan ideal for CCCA driving events and tours. This car is one of just 1,550 examples of the Model 54 produced on the 137" wheelbase in nine distinct coachwork variations. It is safe to assume that this convertible sedan, one of the more costly body styles, is one of considerably fewer examples extant. Although, the early history of this Pierce-Arrow is unclear, according to a restoration tag affixed to the car, this Model 54 was restored during the 1970s for Wayne Schlotthauer, a health food pioneer and classic car enthusiast living in Paradise, California. Soon thereafter, it was acquired by Ron VanKregten, a private collector of automotive and aviation machinery, and more widely known as the founder of an automotive trade school. In the preserve of Mr. VanKregten’s sizeable and diverse collection, the Pierce-Arrow was maintained in static display at his home in the Santa Cruz Mountains. After Mr. VanKregten’s passing, this car was offered at auction but required a degree of mechanical attention, having remained unused for many years. Acquired by the consignor in October 2009, this Model 54 was immediately sent to renowned restorer Stephen Babinsky of Automotive Restorations in Lebanon, New Jersey. Babinsky undertook a sympathetic mechanical restoration, partially rebuilding the quiet straight-eight engine, and attending to the remaining systems as needed to return the Pierce-Arrow to the road. It should be noted that, after the catalogue photos were taken, it was determined that the convertible sedan was in need of a new top canvas. Accordingly, per the consignor’s instructions, Automotive Restorations had installed a new, correctly trimmed top to the car. Close inspection reveals well-known LeBaron styling cues coupled with timeless Pierce-Arrow elements, including LeBaron’s raised body moldings, high beltline, and sporting low roof. The archer mascot and distinctive fender headlamps, signature features patented by the manufacturer’s chief stylist, are unmistakably Pierce-Arrow. The interior is no less captivating, trimmed in black hides and brown carpets. Alongside the distinctive, engine-turned instrument binnacle are chrome, dash-mounted levers that engage transmission freewheeling and adjust the suspension setting. The spacious rear-passenger compartment features individual armrests and wood-grain smoking sets. Offering glorious open-top touring in America’s finest pre-war style, this outstanding Pierce-Arrow is a well-prepared American classic worthy of considerable attention.

Reference Number 206522

as of 2/15/2013

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