1915 Pierce-Arrow Touring1915 Pierce-Arrow Model 48B-3, 5-passenger touring car. by Glenn Franco Simmons
This 1915 Pierce-Arrow Model 48B-3, 5-passenger touring car ~ an elegant icon of America’s automotive golden age ~ was photographed years ago at The Nethercutt Collection in Sylmar, Calif.
It was manufactured by the Pierce-Arrow Motor Car Co. of Buffalo, N.Y. Pierce-Arrow was also the coachbuilder. It is powered by a 6-cylinder T-Head engine and could reach 48hp at peak performance.
“By 1915,” a Nethercutt summary states, “Pierce had established itself as one of America’s best automakers. The 1915 Pierce line consisted of 13 body styles. This 5-passenger touring car was the most popular.”
With its integrated headlamps and trademarked fender designs, Pierce-Arrow was more advanced than most, if not all, other American auto manufacturers.
Indeed, the five-passenger 1915 Pierce Arrow Model 48B-3 may not look like much, but it became an unforgettable icon of early American automakers.
“The Pierce-Arrow Motor Car Co., established in Buffalo, N.Y., was renowned for its commitment to quality and craftsmanship,” according to AI-Pro. “The 1915 Model 48B-3 boasted impressive features and cutting-edge technology.
“Powered by a massive 622-cubic-inch, six-cylinder engine, the Model 48B-3 had an incredible horsepower output of 48, making it one of the most powerful and fastest cars of its time. Its long, elegant body, flowing lines, and high-quality materials gave it an air of sophistication, attracting both wealthy buyers and automotive enthusiasts.”
1915 Pierce-Arrow Touring1915 Pierce-Arrow Model 48B-3, 5-passenger touring car. The automaker spent even more attention to this car’s interior.
“The Model 48B-3’s interior was equally exquisite, with lavish upholstery, comfortable seating, and refined detailing,” AI-Pro noted. “The passengers could enjoy a smooth ride, thanks to the car’s advanced suspension system, which included semi-elliptic leaf springs and hydraulic dampers.
“Driving the 1915 Pierce-Arrow Model 48B-3 was a delight. Its impressive engine allowed it to effortlessly cruise at high speeds, while the car’s superior handling and precise steering ensured a comfortable and controlled driving experience. It was a vehicle that could traverse long distances with ease, making it ideal for touring and exploring the open road.”
This Pierce-Arrow was also equipped with cutting edge features.
“The attention to detail extended beyond its mechanical capabilities,” AI-Pro stated. “The Model 48B-3 was equipped with various amenities, including electric lights, self-starting capabilities, and a stylish instrument panel with a speedometer, fuel gauge and oil pressure indicator. These features were a testament to Pierce-Arrow’s commitment to providing luxury and convenience to their customers.
“The 1915 Pierce-Arrow Model 48B-3 served as a symbol of success and sophistication during its era. It was a car that attracted attention wherever it went, turning heads and capturing the hearts of automotive enthusiasts. Owning a Model 48B-3 was not only a status symbol but also a testament to one’s appreciation for the finest engineering and craftsmanship.”