Selling No Reserve
David Harris Collection, many more photos below!
6 cylinder with 2 valves per cylinder
Very Nice Full CCCA Classic
Very well known in Pierce Arrow circles
Westinghouse air shocks well maintained
Featured in Automobile Quarterly Volume 6 #3
Urban legend speculates it might have belonged to Orville Wright, but research hasn’t been able to corroborate…yet
Engine # 333324
Only item requiring further attention is a small tear in the top that has been patched.
A very special and perhaps a one-off design featuring some special options not shared by others, this 1922 Pierce Arrow carries a well known history. Custom designs by Leon Rubay of the Rubay Company include full disc wheels, Westinghouse air shock absorber system, dual rear mounted spares and make this a very unique and rare Pierce Arrow.
This car has been restored over the past years and it shows. Handling and braking as it should, this car is an outstanding performer on the open road. The interior and upholstery present well while the rear seating area has special built in cabinetry. Another unique interior feature is a crank up armrest dividing the rear seat. This interior configuration is sometimes referred to as 4+5 seating, since two people sit in front and two or three fit comfortably in the rear.
With a quality detailing this car will be ready for any CCCA tour or show.
Please take some time to read through article below from the Pierce Arrow Society written by the previous owner of the car:
1922 Series 33 Touring Car
An Owner and Driver's Report
by Tony Doughty
Reprinted from The Arrow Driver
Published by the Midwest Region of the Pierce-Arrow Society
This Series 33 4-Passenger Touring is pictured in Automobile Quarterly Vol.
VI, Number 3
“Ten years ago I bought my first Pierce, a 1930 Model C sedan, in the car corral at Hershey. Eager to learn all I could about the history of the company, I ordered all back issues of Automobile Quarterly with articles on Pierce-Arrows. On page 251 of the Winter Issue of 1968 (vol. VI, number 3), I saw a photo of what I thought was just about the best looking, most nicely proportioned car I'd ever seen. Styling was by the custom house of Rubay, and the lines were clean and uncluttered. In its sport touring form, with custom disk wheels, Westinghouse shocks, and double rear spares, it personified the racy look and energy of the Roaring 20's. I made a mental note that it was owned by Robert Lyons of Michigan. Later, when Bob Lyons sold it to John Gambs of Indiana, I filed that bit of info away as well. Last fall a 1924 7-passenger Series 33 was coming up in a Kruse auction in Indiana. I called Kruse to get further information, and they referred me to the car's previous owner, John Gambs. I was delighted to have an excuse to call, and when I reached him we wound up making a deal on the 4- passenger car instead.
John was very open with me about the condition of the car when I purchased it. Due to long storage and inactivity, it had carburetor, gas, starter, and ignition issues that required a through going over before it would be road-worthy. Accordingly, I had a great opportunity to dig into the mechanics and get to know the operation of the vehicle. I removed both the head and the pan, and replaced all the ignition wiring. The dual-valve, dual ignition aspects of the engine are remarkable. Seven main bearings and twin cams smooth the operation of the 6-cylinder engine. John had installed new Ross aluminum racing pistons, which had not even been run in. The 4 valves per cylinder are a feature now highly touted by some modern manufacturers on their 2006 models! Pierce-Arrow's Chief Engineer, David Fergusson, had worked closely with Orville Wright on the design of aircraft engines in WWI. The dual ignition features of the Pierce-Arrows of the post war period are a direct result of that partnership. Just like an aircraft, the car has built in redundancy. You can run on the right bank, the left bank, or both banks of plugs and coils. In addition, the carburetor can be adjusted from the driver's position to run either rich or lean, depending on conditions. From a marketing standpoint, these expensive features caused PierceArrow significant pricing problems, with cars retailing from $5800 to $8500, huge sums for that time.
The first time I ever got the car running I had only fixed the carburetor and the starter. It was still unmuffled, had old cracked wiring, an as-of-yet undiagnosed stuck valve, and ran on about 3 1/2 cylinders. I drove it only about a quarter mile. It ran terribly, but it handled like a dream. The steering is so light and so well balanced that this 5000 lb car drives like a 2000 lb car. It is the most pleasurable car I have ever driven. Since that first drive, with much consulting help from Paul Johnson, Greg Loftness, and Leo Parnagian, the other issues have been corrected. The smooth, strong engine operation is now as pleasant as the handling. At the 2006 PAS meet in Oregon, and then on the Modoc Tour, the car topped high mountain passes with ease in high gear. It's comfortable cruising speed is 45 mph. This being a 4-passenger touring, it is equipped with a 4:1 final rear end ratio. The ride is very smooth and quiet. In sum, I consider myself very fortunate to be its conservator, and look forward to many pleasant years of touring with this terrific automobile.