Pick of the Day: 1928 Pierce-Arrow Series 80 rumble-seat roadster

The sporty antique is loaded with Roaring ‘20s flare but can drive on today’s roads

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The Pierce-Arrow appears to be in very presentable condition

Pierce-Arrow was one of the greatest luxury brands from its start in 1901 until its demise in 1938, building a succession of advanced automobiles of all kinds, as well as trucks, buses, boats and motorcycles of the highest order.

The Buffalo, New York, automaker was in its heyday when it produced the Pick of the Day, a 1928 Pierce-Arrow Series 80 rumble-seat roadster.  This sporty number would have been the cat’s pajamas while touring speakeasies, impressing the sheiks and flappers alike.

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 “This is a spectacular motorcar,” says the O’Fallon, Illinois, dealer advertising the handsome relic on ClassicCars.com. “The engine in this car is the original straight 6, and it runs and drives like it was made last week but is in fact 95 years old.”

The roadster’s top, side windows and boot cover are all in great condition, the seller says, and the upholstery looks to be in fine shape, too, including that on the folding rumble seat.


Pierce-Arrows are distinctive on the road, then and now, because of their unique headlight treatment, which instead of being mounted on either side of the radiator shell were fared into the front fenders.  Their wide spacing made them easy to spot, especially at night when they looked like nothing else on the road.

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“This fine pre-war motorcar spent most of its life in collections and has been used for parades,” the seller notes. “She drives great, not that far off a modern car from the ease-of-driving perspective.”

The luxury details and nickel-plated trim attest to the quality of the Pierce, the seller adds. While there is no information in the ad about the car’s restoration history, it looks quite spectacular in the accompanying photos. 


“This car is simply the finest there is,” the dealer says, adding, “The archer hood ornament is a fine piece to still have and is in awesome condition.”

Between-world-wars cars have declined in desirability and value as the generations that knew them back then have faded away, but some vehicles from the 1920s and ‘30s transcend such considerations.  This Pierce-Arrow stands as one of them, and it would make an enjoyable hobby car for anyone who appreciates antiques of any sort. And the roadster certainly would be a standout at any car show.

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The asking price seems reasonable at $64,500 for this rare veteran.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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