1934 Pierce-Arrow 840-A Silver Arrow

WINTER HARVEST - Barrett-Jackson
Tuesday, 19 January 2021
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Older Restoration
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Chassis No. 2580180. Cream with light gray accents over gray broadcloth. 385-ci, 140-hp I-8, 3-speed manual. Red steel-spoke wheels, hubcaps, trim rings, wide whitewalls, skirts, and heater.

EVALUATION : Older restoration | Excellent paint, chrome, upholstery, and
interior wood trim. The engine, chassis, and frame were restored to like-new condition but use since then has left them covered in oily residue. Good panel fits and seals—except neither door closes flush or evenly.

BOTTOM LINE : This design milestone from near the end of Pierce-Arrow’s reign as one of America’s premiere luxury marques stands out amid the muscle and restomods at WestWorld. But it’s been here before: Barrett-Jackson sold this car in 2005 for $108,000; it was bid to $120,000 at RM Meadow Brook seven months later; passed at Gooding’s Palm Beach auction in January 2006 on a reported bid of $90,000, then sold at RM’s Boca Raton auction a month later for $98,975; and sold at Barrett-Jackson WestWorld in 2013 for $258,500 with 44,514 miles. It has been driven but little since, and the quality of its ’90s restoration is manifest in its condition and presentation. The variability in its auction results over the years is notable. Fortunately, it’s still worth enough that it runs little risk of having its 140-hp straight-eight pulled and replaced by an LS drivetrain. It deserves to find a good home where it’ll be driven and shown.

by Hagerty Insider
20 August 2020
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Condition definitions
Condition #1: Concours
Condition #1 vehicles are the best in the world. The visual image is of the best vehicle, in the right colors, driving onto the lawn at the finest concours. Perfectly clean, the vehicle has been groomed down to the tire treads. Painted and chromed surfaces are mirror-like. Dust and dirt are banned, and materials used are correct and superbly fitted. The one word description for #1 vehicles is “concours.“
Condition #2: Excellent
#2 vehicles could win a local or regional show. They can be former #1 vehicles that have been driven or have aged. Seasoned observers will have to look closely for flaws, but will be able to find some not seen by the general public. The paint, chrome, glass and finishes will all appear as excellent. No excessive smoke will be seen on startup, no unusual noises will emanate from the engine. The vehicle will drive as a new vehicle of its era would. The one word description for #2 vehicles is “excellent.“
Condition #3: Good
#3 vehicles could possess some, but not all of the issues of a #4 vehicle, but they will be balanced by other factors such as a fresh paint job or a new, correct interior where applicable. #3 vehicles drive and run well, but might have some incorrect parts. These vehicles are not used for daily transportation but are ready for a long tour without excuses, and the casual passerby will not find any visual flaws. “Good” is the one word description of a #3 vehicle.
Condition #4: Fair
#4 vehicles are daily drivers, with flaws visible to the naked eye. The chrome might have pitting or scratches, the windshield might be chipped. Paintwork is imperfect, and perhaps the body has a minor dent. Split seams or a cracked dash, where applicable, might be present. No major parts are missing, but the wheels could differ from the originals, or other non- stock additions might be present. A #4 vehicle can also be a deteriorated restoration. “Fair” is the one word that describes a #4 vehicle.
Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
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