Driving 1931 Pierce-Arrow Model 43

1931 Pierce-Arrow Model 43

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It is nice to have some prewar cars surfacing more frequently. This is a more presentable example than one of the last Pierces I wrote about. This 1931 Pierce-Arrow Model 43 sedan is currently at a bid price of $9,100 and is located in Cobleskill, New York. Good photos, a VIN, and clean title are all in the listing. You can find out more here on eBay.

Powering this old, lovely ride is a straight 8 cylinder engine connected to a manual transmission. There is literal meaning to the word powering as well. This car does run and drive, having been to a Pierce gathering and even circled Watkins Glen a few times. The car was from Missouri and it was purchased in 2010. It has come a long way in 8 years.

Inside is a plush blue interior. That is in part thanks to an older interior restoration. No other part of the car has been restored to that extent. At one time the car was repainted, but that was long ago and as you can tell from the photos, it didn’t stick very well. Thankfully, there does not appear to be any major rust. It might have to do with coming from a more inland area.

This car can be a rolling project, which is impressive for a car that is 88 years old. The person listing states that the car does have a crack in the exhaust manifold. Apparently, that is common on the model year of this car and as it warms up it goes quiet. If you are wanting a prewar project car, then take your aim with this one and give it a shot. This Arrow will be great in your quiver…er garage.

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  1. Beatnik Bedouin

    Nice car, but sadly no room at the inn…

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  2. MLM

    I love the vanity plate.This ol’ girl would make a nice addition to somebody’s collection.

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  3. j liu

    Oh, how I wish that stately car could talk. What stories it could tell.
    It appears to be in very solid condition and hopefully it goes to a loving home.

    Like 10
  4. Coventrycat

    From a time when “fine motorcar” meant exactly that. Love it.

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  5. Milt

    How much for just the license plate?

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    • MLM

      Yes that’s what I’m after.

      Like 1
  6. 86_Vette_Convertible

    Another great Parade Car comes out of the woodwork. Hope it’s brought into shape and sees the light of day again.

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  7. alan r leonardMember

    Looks like my ’29 Willy’s has found its long lost “twin”……….

    Like 5
  8. Pete Phillips

    America’s Rolls-Royce.
    An old car collector friend once told me that for every 10 Packards you run across, you will only see one Pierce-Arrow.

    Like 6
  9. Bob

    Come home to Papa… Love this old girl

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  10. Randy

    This car is the same configuration as my 1931 Series 43: rear-mount spare; I think my car was originally blue. Thanks for sharing.

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