When talking about classic cars, one should not forget the luxury brand of yesteryears - the Pierce-Arrow. Similar to Duesenberg, the Pierce-Arrow brand did not make it to modern times. But its inability to weather the ages does not tarnish the beauty of the cars it has sold in the past. With beauty comparable to Porsches of today and performance better than Plymouth cold air intake-equipped vehicles, or one with a Toucan cold air intake for that matter, the Pierce-Arrows of the past remains a remarkable part of auto history.
Pierce-Arrow is an American automobile manufacturer which started producing luxury vehicles in 1901. The company decided to call it quits in 1938 but not before leaving its mark in the annals of the auto industry. The company was based in Buffalo, New York and does not only produce luxury car but also manufactures commercial trucks, fire trucks, camp trailers, motorcycles, and bicycles.
It was in 1903 that the company decided to focus on the production of large and luxurious cars. This is the time that the company started its quest to become one of the most respected carmakers in the world. The cars that the company produced were tailor made for royalties and for the head of states. According to Wikipedia, here are some of the most notable owners of Pierce-Arrow vehicles:
- Emperor Hirohito of Japan
- The Shah of Persia (1930 - $30,000 parade car featuring gold, silk, Siberian wolfhound fur and a jewel-encrusted Royal Crest)
- King Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia
- King Albert of Belgium
- President Woodrow Wilson (including a Model A4-66 with 13.5 liter inline-six)
- President William Howard Taft
Aside from these head of states, other famous people who owned Pierce-Arrow vehicles include:
- John D. Rockefeller
- George F. Baker
- Mrs. Andrew Carnegie
- Mrs. Sarah Winchester
- Orville Wright
- Babe Ruth
- John Ringling
- Richard Dix
- Thomas Mix
- Ginger Rogers
- Ransom E. Olds - Founder of Oldsmobile and REO automobile companies
- Kenneth R. Kingsbury - President, Standard Oil Company of California (now Chevron Corp.)
- Frank Bunker Gilbreth - Efficiency Engineer, subject of the book Cheaper by the Dozen
- Max Adler - Vice President, Sears, Roebuck & Co.
- M.H. Aylesworth - President, National Broadcasting Company
- Paul Carus Author - philosopher & scholar of eastern religions
- Hubert T. Parson - President, F.W. Woolworth Company
- Earl C. Sams - President, J.C. Penney Company
- Robert A. Franks - Vice Chairman & Treasurer, Carnegie Corporation of N.Y.
- Lawrence Lowell - President, Harvard University
- Melvin Purvis - American lawman and FBI agent
- Fatty Arbuckle - (actor) owned a 1921 cream colored custom bodied touring model.