This 1911 Pierce Arrow 696cc four-cylinder is now the most expensive Pierce motorcycle to sell at auction. An extraordinary 109-year-old motorcycle has sold at auction for US$225,500, setting a new world record price for a Pierce Arrow Four-cylinder motorcycle.
Despite a shine that suggests new paint, this bike retains the original paint with which it left the showroom 109 years ago. Such pieces of history are quite rare and appeal to collectors.
Pierce-Arrow Motor Car Company was an American automobile brand that made luxury vehicles at par with Rolls-Royce. The Pierce-Arrow Four was America’s first motorcycle to be powered by a four-cylinder engine. The 275-pound machine has a top speed of 60mph, which was remarkably fast for that era. It was built to unfeasibly high standards, indicated by its paint job and build quality, which made it too expensive.Less than 500 were built between 1909 and 1914, they rarely reach auction and when they do, they invariably command high prices.