Are You Moved? 1928 Pierce-Arrow Truck

Look at the great signage on the side of this 1928 Pierce-Arrow truck! Yes, truck–before I researched this article I knew of Pierce-Arrow as a manufacturer of luxury cars, but I had no idea they made trucks as well. You can find the sale listing here at Hemmings.  The truck is listed for a hefty $50,000 — but where have you ever seen another one? As the side of the truck states, it’s located in Cleveland, Ohio — and there’s a story behind that, no doubt.

The Buffalo Transportation/Pierce-Arrow Museum is the home of Pierce-Arrow information (and a cool looking building; it used to be a Mack truck dealership) and after doing some research in their online information archives, I found out that 1928 was a transformative year for Pierce-Arrow; for one thing the company was purchased by Studebaker. There were major styling changes on their car lines with some of the fairing of headlights into fenders. They even produced one of the first purpose-built RV’s. As it turns out, this may be one of the Fleet Arrow trucks, which were designed for delivery and transportation purposes and originally were capable of 49 miles per hour (!) Slightly over 500 Fleet Arrows were produced.

As it turns out, there was some interesting history about the Jerry Vencl Corlett Moving Company as well. You can read the long version here, but in short the company existed independently until 2014, and in fact their Facebook page with pictures of this truck in display use is still active.

This is the truck in the Cleveland Polish Constitution Day parade in 2010. I should note here that although we know very, very little about the truck’s current mechanical state, it is stated in the ad that it’s been fitted with a replacement Chevrolet engine. So does this great piece of history move you to spending some money on it?




  1. Ghostburner

    Does have that one of a kind appeal tho.

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  2. doug

    Pierce also made bird cages and bicycles.

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    • Al

      These were the most economical to use!

      And practical too!

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  3. Ken Carney

    …And this guy’s trying hard to make monkeys out of us. The only thing we
    know is that the outside of the truck has
    been restored and you get a Chevy engine
    with that. Not much info for your hard earned cash. I recall the poor guy who
    bought a ’47 Ford pickup that had been
    used as an advertising prop for the Lakeland Ledger, a large local newspaper
    that I delivered for from 1987-2003. Like
    this truck, the outside of the truck looked
    great. The ice blue metallic paint job
    sparkled in the afternoon sun. The billet
    grille and wheels knocked your eyes out
    from across the street. The 305 Chevy
    V-8 and tranny both worked as they should. What the company never told
    the poor bastard that plunked down $25K
    to buy the truck was that it was unsafe to
    drive due to the corners that were cut during the build process. Look behind those cool tinted windows, and you saw a
    dashboard empty of gauges, wiring hanging everywhere, and only 2-wheel
    brakes on the rear to stop it. In order to
    make the truck drivable, that poor fella
    had to spend another 30K to have the
    truck taken apart and reassembled the
    right way. This guy’s hiding something
    and hopefully no one out there falls for
    it. Sorry pal, but you’re gonna have to
    show me your truck’s worth 50K before
    I’d drop the hammer.

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  4. luke arnott Member

    Pierce trucks were used by the British Army during the Great War.

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  5. Larry

    No Pierce engine. No value. Move on.

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    • Nick G

      I wouldn’t say “NO” value, but I’d slide the decimal point one space left.

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  6. Don Foote

    Neat but seems way overpriced even though it is ancient. Way too large for me to consider even it I had a use for it. Hope if finds a good home.

  7. Chris Londish Member

    50 grand for a none original ! , they should be asking resto cost plus 10%

  8. Jim Myers

    Thanks for posting this article about my truck. Anyone who would like to learn more is free to call me at my office. 330-633-3633. Ask for Jim.

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