Lot #5028 1919 Pierce-Arrow Model 66 A-4 Tourer
This 1919 Pierce-Arrow was delivered in 1918 as an A-4 chassis to Don Lea Coach & Bodyworks in Los Angeles, Calif. which specialized in custom bodies for special clients such as movie stars. The famous silent movie comedian Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle was its first owner. Arbuckle had the car custom built in 1919 at the height of his film career. The head designer for this special project was a young, new designer by the name of Harley Earl, who would become perhaps the most famous designer in the history of the automobile. From the unique “purple-blue” body to the all-white tires, the car mirrors the eccentric character of the famous Hollywood actor. The large 825cid, 6 cylinder engine 66 A-4 Pierce-Arrow chassis is one of the last Model 66 Pierce-Arrows made and there are only seven of the Model 66 A-4 surviving today. In 1976, Tom Barrett of Scottsdale, Ariz. acquired the car in original condition and performed a minor cosmetic restoration including a dark blue paint job. In 1982, Don Williams of the Blackhawk Collection acquired the Pierce form Barrett. The Pierce then spent 24 years in the Blackhawk Collection until 2006 when Jim Schenck acquired her and decided to do an extensive Pebble Beach quality restoration. Not only the extensive restoration was done, originality was carefully maintained down to the original “purple-blue” paint and its original white tires. Schenck showed her at the 2007 Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance where she took First Place in Class B (Vintage 1916-1924). It is one of the most famous Pierce-Arrows in existence.