1916 Pierce-Arrow 48 7 Passenger Touring (1916)




1916 Pierce-Arrow 48 7 Passenger Touring
Location: Collinsville, Connecticut, 06019
VIN #: 14656
Mileage: 8,652
Transmission: Manual
Condition: Excellent
Exterior: Creme over black fenders
Interior: Black
Seller’s Description:
Every prewar automobile enthusiast is familiar with “the 3 Ps”; Packard, Pierce-Arrow and Peerless. All three are high quality automobiles, renowned for their design, power and reliability. While all of these marques participate in Horseless Carriage Club events, these big Pierces just seem to have a special following all their own.
The Buffalo based automaker produced large, luxurious and powerful high-end automobiles. In the mid teens they offered three models, with the model 48 being the midsize option, having a wheel base of 142 inches. Powered by the impressive 6 cylinder, 48 horsepower T head engine, the model 48 is one of the revered “big horsepower Pierces”!
This model 48 wears a 7-passenger touring body done in attractive colors. The car was purchased out of Las Vegas Nevada by Pierce-Arrow collector Milo Smith. While the it required restoration, it was an intact example. A photograph taken by Mr. Smith (date unknown) shows the Pierce in “as found/barn find condition” and fitted with the same Westinghouse shocks it retains today.
In 1995 the car was purchased by collector and restorer, Air Force General Rex Hadley. Mr. Hadley's collection included several Pierce-Arrows and prewar Packards, and under his ownership the car would undergo a complete restoration. During the restoration, Mr. Hadley noted that the main bearings were ok, but the cylinders were re-bored. New rod bearings were poured and installed by two reputable prewar shops. This Pierce participated in the 2004 Modoc Tour, in Alturas California before being sold to a California collector. Approximately two years later, the model 48 would be offered for sale, and purchased by it's current caretaker.
Since 2007, the car has resided in a small high caliber New England collection, being driven regularly in good weather, and attending local car shows. Upon purchase, non-original front hydraulic brakes were removed. Pierce has completed 200 mile trips with ease and is aided by a model 35 steering box. Under the current ownership, the gas tank was professionally re-lined as Mr. Hadley suggested in his notes prior to selling the car. The rear end was rebuilt, and new higher ratio gears were fitted to help handle high speed touring lower rpms.
The colors of cream body with black fenders, topped by maroon wood spoke wheels is a particularly striking combination. Now being an older restoration, upon close inspection there is minor chipping and cracking around the edges of the hood and cowl. Discrete maroon pin striping accents the top belt line, complementing the cast aluminum body's lines.
Nicely aged Bauch and Loam lenses adorn the front end of this automobile, and the lights are free from dents or chips. Under the hood lies the massive 48 horsepower, 524 cubic inch inline six-cylinder engine, in very tidy order. A dual coil / distributor system was installed by Howard Lane of Harwich Massachusetts for increased reliability. To make a more complete ignition, the 2ndset of spark plugs were moved to the opposite side of the engine block. Mounted on the right side of the engine sits the “Tally-o-horn”, while the driver also has the option of a traditional sounding electric horn.
Upon entering the drivers compartment, your tool kit (with key) is fitted into the passenger door. As you make your way into the automobile, you're next confronted by an impressive use of brass and nickel throughout the dashboard, and handsome selection of U.S. Gauge Co., and Westinghouse gauges. Below, the brass ignition switch sits aside a high quality cluster of brass push button switches for your head, side, pillar and dash lights. Once behind the wheel, your right arm sits next to your twin mounted spares topped by a rear view mirror secured with dual leather straps. Immediately below, are two brass buttons set into the drivers door panel for your electric horn, and dimmer. Beneath, your emergency brake and shift leaver are located, allowing the driver to easily operate the 4 speed transmission. In the rear is a well appointed interior of handsome upholstery, tidy carpets and jump seats allowing 7 occupants to tour.
Now an “approved classic” by the Classic Car Club of America, this big horsepower is an ideal touring or show candidate.
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  • Year: 1916
  • Doors: 4
  • Body type: Convertible
  • Transmission type: Manual
  • Fuel type: Petrol
  • Colour: Cream

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