1926 Pierce-Arrow Series 80
In 1901 George N. Pierce, maker of bicycles and bird cages, built the first Pierce motor vehicle the Motorette powered by a 2.5 hp. de Dion engine. By 1910, Pierce automobiles had made a mark on the automotive scene, winning five Glidden Tours. In 1907 the Pierce Arrow trademark six-cylinder engine was introduced; it would endure until 1928, when Studebaker purchased the company.
The Series 80 was introduced in 1924 as a low-cost luxury car in an attempt to stimulate sagging sales. This tactic worked, and Pierce Arrow sales almost tripled. This Series 80 has been in the same family since it was purchased new in Philadelphia in 1926. Prior to World War II, the car became the center of a family tradition, driving from Philadelphia to Maine every summer. After the war, the car was stored in the garage of the family home in Maine. Today, the car is still used for family picnics and weddings.
Specifications: 70 horsepower, 288 cubic inch, in-line, six-cylinder engine. Price New: $3,095. Wheelbase: 130 inches. Production from 1924 1927: 16,000 units.
Connections: Compare to the 1904 Pierce Stanhope.
The dual valve six-cylinder engine saw extensive maritime use, being a favorite in rum running boats for its reliability and quiet exhaust.
Loaned by the Dr. Arthur E. Spellissy Family