1906 Pierce Great Arrow

George Donald in the 1906 Great Arrow prior to restoration - circa 1955

The 1906 Pierce Great Arrow after restoration by George Donald - circa 1955
Earl Snodgrass driving the 1906 Great Arrow - in 2001 (Photo Credit: Pierce Arrow Society)
The Pierce-Arrow Motor Car Company introduced their classic Great Arrow four-cylinder in 1904, a 24/28 hp 3770cc model fashioned after the influential Mercedes cars of the times. In 1905, with Percy Pierce at the wheel, the company won the Glidden Tour (a reliability tour), starting a string of victory's that propelled interest in their cars. The 1906 Pierce Great Arrow 28-32 NN seen here is thought to be the only remaining 1906 Great Arrow.  This car was found and rescued by George Donald. Dad photographed the car as a kid before restoration and after (seen in front of the great Larz Anderson carriage house that became the home to the VMCCA in the early years). As can be seen in the photos, Mr. Donald performed a fantastic restoration. After Mr. Donald's passing in 1976 the car was sold to Dick Teague, famed automotive designer and collector of antique cars. Some time after, the car found its way to Earl & Anne Snodgrass. Earl had a large collection of great cars and Pierce Arrows were among his favorites. I had the true pleasure of visiting with Anna Snodgrass at her home in Tuscson last year. Anna remains quite active in the hobby and very graciously showed us the remaining cars (most of the cars were sold around the time of Earl's passing). The George Donald Great Arrow is currently owned by Bill Alley. Glad to see it reside with yet another passionate Pierce Arrow collector.

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