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1929 Pierce-Arrow Model 133

1929 Pierce-Arrow Model 133

1929 Pierce-Arrow Model 133

In 1929 Pierce-Arrow was purchased outright by the Studebaker Corporation who sent their models in a healthy new direction. Abandoned was the 6-cylinder of year’s previous, and instead an entirely new 8-cylinder was fitted.

Along with the new engine, a range of lower and longer bodies were offered. 12 different bodies were offered on the 133-wheelbase Model 133 (sometimes called Model 125) and 7 were different bodies offered on the longer 143-wheelbase Model 143.

Unlike the earlier detachable-head design, the new 8-cylinder was an integral unit, having 9-main bearings and an L-Head valvetrain arrangement. It was also 100 lbs lighter than the outgoing 6-cylinder and offered almost 25% more horsepower.

In Detail

type Series Production Car
built at USA
price $ $ 2,775
predecessor 1926 Pierce-Arrow Series 36
engine Inline-8
position Front, Longitudinal
fuel feed Stromberg UU-2
displacement 5998 cc / 366 in³
bore 88.90 mm / 3.5 in
stroke 120.65 mm / 4.75 in
compression 5.0:1
power 93.2 kw / 125 bhp
specific output 20.84 bhp per litre
redline 3200
top speed ~136.76 kph / 85 mph

Auction Sales History


1929 Pierce-Arrow Model 133 Tonneau Cowl Phaeton A6726 – sold for $132,000. Offered from the collection of Richard and Linda Kughn. The first eight-cylinder Pierce-Arrow. Desirable, sporty body style. Judged at 99 points in CCCA competition. Auction Source: Amelia Island 2014 by RM Auctions

1929 Pierce-Arrow Model 133 Club Brougham 2007674 – did not sell for $37,500. This stately and very attractive 1929 Pierce-Arrow Model 133 Club Brougham has a well-known history within the Pierce-Arrow Society, and is listed as one of six known examples within the 2001 Pierce-Arrow Register. Today, it continues to benefit from the long-term care of its prior owner, a machinist who rebuilt all mechanical, electrical and chassis components between 1989 and 2006. It features a recent exterior refinish, complemented by many desirable features including dual side mounted spare tires with original Pierce-Arrow mirrors, wire wheels with new snap rings, a luggage rack and a body-colored trunk. While the brightwork and interior were restored some time ago, they remain very attractive. Auction Source: 2009 Meadow Brook Concours