1913 Pierce-Arrow Model 48-B-1 Five-Passenger Touring

1913 Pierce-Arrow Model 48-B-1 Five-Passenger Touring

The Pierce-Arrow Motor Car Company, one of 'the three Ps' (with Packard and Peerless) was an American luxury automobile maker from 1901 to their demise in 1938. They won the 1,000-mile Glidden Tour reliability trial in 1905, which was held from New York through New England and back. They would go on to win several more Glidden Trophy events, more than any other brand. In 1909, they were the first manufacturer chosen to supply the White House with cars.

Pierce-Arrow's Model 48 was their mid-level model car. Power was supplied by a six-cylinder, T-head, 524 cubic-inch engine rated at 48 horsepower. Approximately 825 examples of the Model 48-B were produced.

This particular 5-passenger Touring left the factory in 1913. The early history is not known. It is believed to have spent some time in Oregon, where it was discovered by Jack Passey. Acquired in California in 1989 by Knox Kershaw, this original and authentic example was treated to a no-expense-spared, frame-off restoration in 1994. Upon completion, it was finished in blue with red pinstriped accents. The seats were trimmed in button-tufted black leather and there is a leatherette top that is cloth lined. There are side curtains which are fitted into a pouch behind the front seat when not in use.

The car was brought to the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in 1994 where it won its class. It then went to the 1994 Pierce-Arrow National Meet, where it was awarded First Place, Best of Show, and Best Restoration.

Descriptions & pictures by conceptcarz & ruotevecchie

Production Start 1913
Country of origin USA