<b>1919 Pierce-Arrow Model 31 Five-Passenger Tourer</b><br />Chassis no. 311206<br />Engine no. 314026

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Multiple award-winning example, toured on many prominent tours
1919 Pierce-Arrow Model 31 Five-Passenger Tourer

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1919 Pierce-Arrow Model 31 Five-Passenger Tourer
Chassis no. 311206
Engine no. 314026

415ci 24-Valve Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Single Carburetor - Dual Ignition
Approximately 75bhp at 2,200rpm
4-Speed Transmission
Leaf Spring Suspension with Hartford Shock Absorbers
2-Wheel Mechanical Brakes

*Expertly restored by Pat Craig, Richard Bowley and Ken Niminick
*Multiple award-winning example, toured on many prominent tours
*Retains original coachwork and matching-numbers engine
*Sophisticated and Powerful Pierce with Dual-Valve engineering


THE SERIES 31

In 1918 Pierce-Arrow introduced two new versions of their legendary six-cylinder motor, which featured a four-valve per cylinder design with detachable heads. A new dual head Delco distributor ignition system replaced the magneto/coil box system. The added power of the new engines, which Pierce termed "Dual Valve", led to the elimination of the 66hp as Pierce felt like they had equaled its performance with a smaller motor.

The Pierce-Arrow testing procedure was exhaustive, not only involving repeated measurements, gage checks, visual and tactile inspections but three separate dynamometer runs. The first broke in the engine over a 15-hour test cycle after which it was torn down and inspected. Reassembled, it went to a "silent room" where it ran for two hours and was carefully checked for noises, fuel consumption and power output. After being installed in its chassis it put on another 100 miles on a chassis dynamometer after which the valves were ground and an internal inspection done, and it still wasn't done.

The bodies built by Pierce-Arrow used proprietary technology from its Buffalo neighbor Aluminum Company of America to cast its body parts in very thin 1/8" thick flanged aluminum panels which were carefully fitted together and fastened with rivets to create lightweight, stiff, dent resistant bodywork. It was unique and helped ensure Pierce-Arrow customers' satisfaction with their automobiles.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

This expertly restored, matching-numbers Pierce-Arrow Model 31 is not only stunning to behold but has a great touring record as well. The chassis was completed in 1919, as is substantiated by documented research, and the engine was completed and installed in 1920. This centenarian stills boasts its original cast aluminum body, fenders and hood, plus the original lights. It comes with tools, secreted into the passenger-side door pocket, a copy of the dual valve technical manual and the sales catalogue from 1919, when it was sold for $7,250.

The unrestored five-passenger tourer was owned by a rancher in the Central California Valley for many years and sold around 2007 to Patrick Craig, a noted Pierce Arrow collector and restorer in Stockton, California. A full frame-up restoration began, in which all aspects of this lovely 1919 tourer were addressed. During the restoration, the current owner spied the Pierce-Arrow at Craig's atelier and acquired it, retaining Craig to complete the work. The mechanicals were entrusted to Pierce specialist Richard Bowley, who performed a complete engine and drive train rebuild. Ken Niminick of Walnut Creek was commissioned to refurbish the interior in period-correct green over a beautiful brown leather interior with corresponding trim. A full set of custom side curtains was crafted complete with their case, along with the 'California Side Curtains' which assure additional comfort to the passengers riding in the rear. The nickel brightwork was replated to present a mirror-like finish and add the final touch of splendor to this stately Pierce-Arrow.

The current owner enjoyed the beautifully renovated tourer for many years, participating in various events and winning 'The People's Choice Award' on several Nickel Age and HCCA tours in Oregon, Nevada and California. The car also participated in, and won, awards at multiple concours, including Hillsborough and Palo Alto in Northern California. In 2016, the consignor assigned the car to Mosier Restoration of Inglewood, California, for some renovation work. The engine received a major tune-up with dyno-testing and the steering box was removed and rebuilt with all newly manufactured gears and bearings. New brakes were installed, and the radiator was updated with a modern core and period false façade, ensuring that the car never overheats. Dependable and powerful, this lovely 1919 Pierce Arrow is celebrating its 100th anniversary with the prospect of starting a brand-new adventure with a deserving custodian.

Footnotes

  • Please note, this vehicle is titled under the model year 1920.
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<b>1919 Pierce-Arrow Model 31 Five-Passenger Tourer</b><br />Chassis no. 311206<br />Engine no. 314026
<b>1919 Pierce-Arrow Model 31 Five-Passenger Tourer</b><br />Chassis no. 311206<br />Engine no. 314026
<b>1919 Pierce-Arrow Model 31 Five-Passenger Tourer</b><br />Chassis no. 311206<br />Engine no. 314026
<b>1919 Pierce-Arrow Model 31 Five-Passenger Tourer</b><br />Chassis no. 311206<br />Engine no. 314026
<b>1919 Pierce-Arrow Model 31 Five-Passenger Tourer</b><br />Chassis no. 311206<br />Engine no. 314026
<b>1919 Pierce-Arrow Model 31 Five-Passenger Tourer</b><br />Chassis no. 311206<br />Engine no. 314026
<b>1919 Pierce-Arrow Model 31 Five-Passenger Tourer</b><br />Chassis no. 311206<br />Engine no. 314026
<b>1919 Pierce-Arrow Model 31 Five-Passenger Tourer</b><br />Chassis no. 311206<br />Engine no. 314026
<b>1919 Pierce-Arrow Model 31 Five-Passenger Tourer</b><br />Chassis no. 311206<br />Engine no. 314026
<b>1919 Pierce-Arrow Model 31 Five-Passenger Tourer</b><br />Chassis no. 311206<br />Engine no. 314026
<b>1919 Pierce-Arrow Model 31 Five-Passenger Tourer</b><br />Chassis no. 311206<br />Engine no. 314026
<b>1919 Pierce-Arrow Model 31 Five-Passenger Tourer</b><br />Chassis no. 311206<br />Engine no. 314026
<b>1919 Pierce-Arrow Model 31 Five-Passenger Tourer</b><br />Chassis no. 311206<br />Engine no. 314026
<b>1919 Pierce-Arrow Model 31 Five-Passenger Tourer</b><br />Chassis no. 311206<br />Engine no. 314026
<b>1919 Pierce-Arrow Model 31 Five-Passenger Tourer</b><br />Chassis no. 311206<br />Engine no. 314026
<b>1919 Pierce-Arrow Model 31 Five-Passenger Tourer</b><br />Chassis no. 311206<br />Engine no. 314026
<b>1919 Pierce-Arrow Model 31 Five-Passenger Tourer</b><br />Chassis no. 311206<br />Engine no. 314026
<b>1919 Pierce-Arrow Model 31 Five-Passenger Tourer</b><br />Chassis no. 311206<br />Engine no. 314026
<b>1919 Pierce-Arrow Model 31 Five-Passenger Tourer</b><br />Chassis no. 311206<br />Engine no. 314026
<b>1919 Pierce-Arrow Model 31 Five-Passenger Tourer</b><br />Chassis no. 311206<br />Engine no. 314026
<b>1919 Pierce-Arrow Model 31 Five-Passenger Tourer</b><br />Chassis no. 311206<br />Engine no. 314026
<b>1919 Pierce-Arrow Model 31 Five-Passenger Tourer</b><br />Chassis no. 311206<br />Engine no. 314026
<b>1919 Pierce-Arrow Model 31 Five-Passenger Tourer</b><br />Chassis no. 311206<br />Engine no. 314026
<b>1919 Pierce-Arrow Model 31 Five-Passenger Tourer</b><br />Chassis no. 311206<br />Engine no. 314026
<b>1919 Pierce-Arrow Model 31 Five-Passenger Tourer</b><br />Chassis no. 311206<br />Engine no. 314026
<b>1919 Pierce-Arrow Model 31 Five-Passenger Tourer</b><br />Chassis no. 311206<br />Engine no. 314026
<b>1919 Pierce-Arrow Model 31 Five-Passenger Tourer</b><br />Chassis no. 311206<br />Engine no. 314026
<b>1919 Pierce-Arrow Model 31 Five-Passenger Tourer</b><br />Chassis no. 311206<br />Engine no. 314026
<b>1919 Pierce-Arrow Model 31 Five-Passenger Tourer</b><br />Chassis no. 311206<br />Engine no. 314026
<b>1919 Pierce-Arrow Model 31 Five-Passenger Tourer</b><br />Chassis no. 311206<br />Engine no. 314026
<b>1919 Pierce-Arrow Model 31 Five-Passenger Tourer</b><br />Chassis no. 311206<br />Engine no. 314026
<b>1919 Pierce-Arrow Model 31 Five-Passenger Tourer</b><br />Chassis no. 311206<br />Engine no. 314026
<b>1919 Pierce-Arrow Model 31 Five-Passenger Tourer</b><br />Chassis no. 311206<br />Engine no. 314026
<b>1919 Pierce-Arrow Model 31 Five-Passenger Tourer</b><br />Chassis no. 311206<br />Engine no. 314026