1934 Pierce Arrow V-12 1240A Five-Passenger Sedan. This desirable Pierce-Arrow Twelve is an older restoration of a very original and well-preserved car.They are considered to be Full Classics ™ by the Classic Car Club of America and are welcomed contenders for long distance caravans and driving tours. As the choice of several U.S. Presidents and the…
1934 Pierce Arrow V-12 1240A Five-Passenger Sedan. This desirable Pierce-Arrow Twelve is an older restoration of a very original and well-preserved car.They are considered to be Full Classics ™ by the Classic Car Club of America and are welcomed contenders for long distance caravans and driving tours.
As the choice of several U.S. Presidents and the elite of American society, Pierce-Arrow is one of America’s most legendary automobile manufacturers. Throughout the 1920s, the marque remained at the pinnacle of the American high-end car market. Along with Peerless and Packard, Pierce-Arrow represented one of the famous “Three Ps” of American luxury.
Cadillac’s introduction of the Sixteen in 1929 launched the multi-cylinder race, and Pierce-Arrow was obligated to respond. Their first Twelve was introduced in 1932 with 452 cubic inches and rated at 150 brake horsepower. By 1933, output climbed to 175 horsepower, and the new car quickly set many records. In 1932, legendary driver Ab Jenkins drove a 33,000-mile prototype to the salt flats of Bonneville, where he set several records before driving the car 2,000 miles back to Buffalo, New York. He returned the following year and managed to set no less than 79 new records.
Despite the economic challenges of the Great Depression, Pierce-Arrow built two, eight-cylinder models and three, twelve-cylinder models for the 1934 model year. This 1934 Pierce Arrow was given the model designation of 1240A and is powered by the twelve-cylinder, 462 cubic inch engine that produces 175 horsepower and is mounted on the 139” wheelbase chassis. This five-passenger sedan, VIN# 400030, was one of five body styles produced as a Model 1240A. The chassis number of 3110009 likely designates that this is one of the first 1934 models built.
Although the early history of this 1934 Pierce-Arrow Twelve is currently unknown, the car was owned and restored by Tom Lester in the early 1970s. Tom Lester was the founder and owner of the Lester Tire Company in Bedford, Ohio. Tom Lester was not only one of the pioneer car collectors, but also one of the first people responsible for making new tires for vintage automobiles. Without Tom Lester’s tires, the vintage automobile hobby would not be what it is today. This car was owned by a variety of owner’s after being sold by Lester Tires. Most recently, this car was exhibited at the 2017 60th Annual Pierce Arrow Society National Meet in St. Louis, Missouri.
This desirable Pierce-Arrow Twelve is an older restoration of a very original and well-preserved car. When you look underneath, you can tell that this was always a well-kept car. The mileage indicated is about 59,000, which may be original but cannot be guaranteed.
The body on this car is rock solid. The doors open and close as they should and fit the body with proper alignment. The paint shows the expected signs of wear but is generally clean and presents well from all angles. The chrome is also in very nice condition. The rubber seals around the front and rear vent windows are original to the car.
On the inside, the tan cloth interior shows well. There are some small moth holes in the upholstery, but the overall condition is clean and extremely usable. The car has wood-grained dashboard and garnish moldings. With the exception of the gas gauge that has damage to the face, the other gauges are in clean, original condition.
Mechanically, this car starts easily, idles well and goes down the road with the power that one would expect from a twelve-cylinder Pierce. The brakes and steering are responsive and tight.
The car is equipped with dual, side-mounted spare tires, a rear luggage rack, the traditional Archer radiator mascot and a set of six, artillery wheels that are covered in Lester-brand, white wall tires. The car is being sold with some ownership documentation from the Lester Tire Company as well as a roster of its most recent owners
Pierce-Arrow Twelves are highly desirable and sought after by today’s collectors. They are considered to be Full Classics ™ by the Classic Car Club of America and are welcomed contenders for long distance caravans and driving tours. Whether driven or shown, this 1934 Pierce-Arrow Model 1240A sedan will leave an impression.
All potential Stateside customers should simply contact the St. Louis Car Museum & Sales directly for competitive rate quotes and professional, enclosed shipping options.
In an effort to protect buyers from fraudulent activity, and to help ensure the authenticity of correspondence between St. Louis Car Museum and its potential buyers, our website does NOT display or share any personal information. We STRONGLY encourage our potential buyers to contact us directly to answer questions or to verify correspondence. All of our vehicles are advertised locally and nationally using a variety of formats. To secure a vehicle, please contact us.
Please call: (800) 957-5707 or (314) 993-7104 with any questions or to discuss financing or transportation arrangements.