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Pierce-Arrow - all models

Series: 48, 8, Raceabout, Series, Silver

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About Pierce-Arrow

Pierce-Arrow was an American automobile manufacturer based in Buffalo, New York, which was active between 1901 and 1938. Best known for its expensive luxury cars, Pierce-Arrow also manufactured commercial trucks, fire trucks, camp trailers, motorcycles, and bicycles.

Early history

The forerunner of Pierce-Arrow was established in 1865 as Heinz, Pierce and Munschauer. The company was best known for its household items, and especially its delicate, gilded birdcages. In 1872, George N. Pierce bought out the other two, switching the name to George N. Pierce Company and in 1896, bicycles were added to the product range. A failed attempt to build a steam-powered car was made in 1900 with license from Overman, but by 1901 Pierce built its first single-cylinder two-speed (no reverse) Moterette with the engine licensed from de Dion. In 1904, a two cylinder was made named the Arrow.


In 1903 Pierce decided to concentrate on making a larger, more luxurious auto for the upscale market, and the Pierce-Arrow automobile was born. This proved to be Pierce's most successful product, and the solidly-built cars with powerful engines gained positive publicity by winning various auto races. During this period, Pierce's high-end products were sometimes advertised as the Great-Arrow. In 1908 Pierce Motor Company was renamed The Pierce-Arrow Motor Car Company.

In 1909, U.S. President William Howard Taft ordered two Pierce-Arrows to be used for state occasions, the first official automobiles of the White House. An open-bodied Pierce-Arrow carried Woodrow Wilson and Warren G. Harding to Harding’s 1921 inauguration. A restored 1919 Pierce Arrow is on view at the Wilson Presidential Library.


S6 12v 8.6L SV M-4
55.9 kW / 75.0 hp / 75.0 hp        

Pierce-Arrow 48 Roadster (1915)

2-seater roadster, petrol (gasoline) 6-cylinder 12-valve straight (inline) engine, side valves (flathead, L-block, L-head), 8596 cm3 / 524.6 cu in / 524.6 cu in, 55.9 kW / 75.0 hp / 75.0 hp, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 113 km/h / 70 mph / 70 mph top speed

S8 16v 6.3L      M-4
111.9 kW / 150.1 hp / 150.1 hp        

Pierce-Arrow 8

petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder 16-valve straight (inline) engine, 6317 cm3 / 385.5 cu in / 385.5 cu in, 111.9 kW / 150.1 hp / 150.1 hp @ 3400 rpm / 3400 rpm / 3400 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

S6 12v 13.5L SV M-4
44.7 kW / 59.9 hp / 59.9 hp        

Pierce-Arrow Raceabout (1916)

petrol (gasoline) 6-cylinder 12-valve straight (inline) engine, side valves (flathead, L-block, L-head), 13516 cm3 / 824.8 cu in / 824.8 cu in, 44.7 kW / 59.9 hp / 59.9 hp, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

S6 12v 4.7L SV    
52.2 kW / 70.0 hp / 70.0 hp        

Pierce-Arrow Series 80 (1924)

2-door 2-seater roadster, petrol (gasoline) 6-cylinder 12-valve straight (inline) engine, side valves (flathead, L-block, L-head), 4730 cm3 / 288.6 cu in / 288.6 cu in, 52.2 kW / 70.0 hp / 70.0 hp @ 2800 rpm / 2800 rpm / 2800 rpm, rear wheel drive

V12 24v 7.6L OHV M-3
130.5 kW / 175.0 hp / 175.0 hp  237.0 N·m / 174.8 lb·ft / 174.8 lb·ft

Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow (1933)

4-door 5-seater sedan (saloon), petrol (gasoline) 12-cylinder 24-valve V engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 7566 cm3 / 461.7 cu in / 461.7 cu in, 130.5 kW / 175.0 hp / 175.0 hp, 237.0 N·m / 174.8 lb·ft / 174.8 lb·ft, manual 3-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 185 km/h / 115 mph / 115 mph top speed


Beyond basic auto insurance

In addition to having enough liability protection, there are some other coverages you should consider:

Collision: Pays for damage to your car resulting from a collision with another car, an object or as a result of flipping over. It also covers damage caused by potholes. Even if you are at fault for the accident, your collision coverage will reimburse you for the costs of repairing your car, minus the deductible. If you are not at fault, your insurance company may try to recover the amount they paid out from the other driver’s insurance company though a process called subrogation. If the company is successful, you will be reimbursed for the deductible.

Comprehensive: Reimburses you for loss due to theft or damage caused by something other than a collision with another car or object, such as fire, falling objects, missiles, explosion, earthquake, windstorm, hail, flood, vandalism, riot, or contact with animals such as birds or deer. Comprehensive insurance will also reimburse you if your windshield is cracked or shattered; some companies may waive the deductible on the glass portion of this coverage.

Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Coverage: Reimburses you, a member of your family, or a designated driver if one of you is hit by an uninsured or hit-and-run driver. Underinsured motorist coverage comes into play when an at-fault driver has insufficient insurance to pay for your total loss. These coverages are required in 19 states, but available in all. It is important to purchase the same amount of coverage for uninsured/underinsured motorists as you have for liability to others.