Rare 1911 Pierce four cylinder motorcycle
Rare 1911 Pierce four cylinder motorcycle. Running condition, never plated or painted. The Pierce Motorcycle Company was founded in 1909 by Percy Pierce, son of George Pierce, the legendary car and bicycle manufacturer. Debuted at the 1909 show at Madison Square Garden, Pierce offered the first four cylinder American Motorcycle. Gasoline and oil are contained in a tubular frame, having shaft drive, sprung fork, and pressure oiling. The first Pierce motorcycles have direct drive and single speed. In subsequent years a clutch and two speed transmission was added. These elegant expensive machines cost more to produce than the market would bear and in 1914, production ceased. This two speed example, in unrestored condition has been in long-term protected ownership, and is among the best known original examples. Only tires and hand grips have been replaced. All other components are correct and original. Ownership history is unknown, it bears a first year issue 1914 Pennsylvania enamel license plate, and includes a Pierce logo tool set. Although complete and in running condition, dissasembly and inspection is recommended before road use.
Sold Price: $166,750
Auction: Bicycle Auction: Pedaling History Bicycle Museum Session II, April 20, 2013
Category: Bicycle Auctions
Tags: Bicycle, Four Cylinder, Motorcycle, Pedaling History Museum, Pierce