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March 9, 2019 Allen, Texas

1936 Pierce Arrow County Club Roadster

Allen, Texas March 9, 2019

1936 Pierce Arrow County Club Roadster

You are bidding on a 1936 Pierce Arrow Country Club 2dr Roadster (Titled VIN 2215225). This 1936 Pierce Arrow has been an Iowa car since the 1950’s and possibly longer. After consulting with a Pierce Arrow expert, it is believed that there are only three, 1936 Country Club Roadsters in existence.

The car was owned by Allan Atherton, an antique car collector from Dexter, Iowa, for close to 30 years.  In the early 1980’s, at the height of the farm crisis in Iowa, Mr. Atherton was forced to liquidate most of his antique car collection. This is when Mr. Quam purchased the car from the bank in Dexter, Iowa.

In an oral history given to Iowa Public Television, Mr. Quam talks about this car along with the Motor Iowa trip that he drove it on.

It was Mr. Atherton that chose the colors for this car.  In talking with his family, they confirmed what Mr. Quam always had said, that the color scheme of this car was based on a Butternut Coffee can of the era.  The color change was made when the car was restored in the late 1950’s or early 1960’s, while in Mr. Atherton’s possession. Mr. Atherton’s family has provided photos of the car during their ownership including a photo of the car in a parade with the Governor of Iowa riding in the rumble seat. None of Mr. Atherton’s family can recall where the car came exactly from when their father purchased it nor what color it was before it was restored.

Grant Quam drove the car extensively, including a Cross Country Pierce Arrow Tour beginning in Binghamton, New York, in about 1995.  Before embarking on this trip, Mrs. Quam (Betty) insisted that she would go with her husband on the trip, but only if the car had air conditioning.  In order to accomplish this, a 12-volt electrical system was installed to run parallel to the 6-volt system.  An “under dash” air conditioner was installed along with an AM-FM Cassette deck and a CB radio.  All of these items can easily be removed and everything returned to original, as the original parts are still in place.

During the Cross Country Tour, the car was involved in a minor accident that proved quite expensive to repair.  The car was sent to a restoration shop in Wisconsin where the damaged area was stripped, repaired and all body work done. The car was returned to Ames, where it was completely repainted back to the “Butternut Coffee” colors.  The bill for painting alone was over $18,000.

This car has an overdrive that makes it a very nice car on the highway, capable of keeping up with modern traffic.  It’s a great car that was driven and enjoyed.

The car has the big Straight 8 cylinder engine, 3-speed manual transmission with overdrive and 139 inch wheel base. It has wire spoke wheels, dual side mount spares with metal covers and side golf club doors. The car has a black convertible top with the Butternut Coffee Can Orange and Gold paint, with a unique story. The chrome and stainless are in very good condition. There are two aluminum trim pieces that go on each side of the lower radiator cowl that are not shown in the photos, but are included with the car. The Black interior has a pleather bench seat and panels, with Gold carpet. The car also has dual side mounted mirrors and a clock in the glove compartment door. There are 10,674 miles on the odometer.

This car is in excellent condition that runs and drives quite well, as it is.  This is a Very Rare, outstanding and Impressive car that needs nothing more than to be driven and enjoyed.  Since Mr. Quam has owned the car, it has been kept in a Climate Controlled building. Beautiful Car and would be a Great addition to any collection.

According to the appraiser for this Car Collection, this car would be rated as a Strong Condition 3 on the Standard Grading Scale for collector cars.


Duncan’s Auctions can arrange for Storage of the vehicle until pick-up is scheduled and/or arrange for enclosed transport to buyer’s location.

Worldwide shipping can also be arranged by Duncan’s Auctions.

For more information contact:

Rick Duncan (President of Duncan’s Auctions)


Also go to www.duncansauctions for more information concerning the auction, terms, payment options, bidding and/or selling your classic.

Announcements concerning this car will be ongoing and it will be offered live by video on March 9, 2019 at The Watters Creek Convention Center in Allen, Texas by Duncan’s Auctions. Inspection and/or preview is by appointment only. Please contact Rick Duncan for more information.

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