To be auctioned on
Saturday, March 13, 2010
OFFERED WITHOUT RESERVE
Series 36. 100 bhp, 414 cu. in. T-head six-cylinder engine with four valves per cylinder, three-speed manual transmission, solid front axle and live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and vacuum-boosted four-wheel mechanical brakes. Wheelbase: 138"
In contrast to rivals Peerless and Packard, which introduced a V8 and the “Twin Six” respectively in 1916, Pierce-Arrow held firm to tried-and-true six-cylinder power through 1927. And what a six it was. But for the smaller, lighter and less-expensive Model 80 that was introduced in 1925, Pierce-Arrow’s trademark sixes were large and powerful T-head affairs with four valves per cylinder and dual ignition systems.
Series 36, built from 1926 to 1928, represented the final evolution of six-cylinder Pierce-Arrow models. This Opera Coupe from 1927 is a wonderful example that continues to benefit from an older,