1911 Pierce 4 Cylinder
Inventory Number: 5083
In Line 4 cylinder 688 CC produced in Buffalo, New York
The in-line 4's power reached the rear wheel by way of a direct drive shaft and
friction disc clutch. Percy Pierce, the son of company founder George N.
Pierce, enjoyed riding a four cylinder Fabrique Nationale (FN) while
vacationing in Europe so much that he brought one home and copied its design
and produced the first in- line 4 in America. The engine is mounted in a 3
1/2 inch tubular frame with an internal gas tank and oil tank. These in-line 4s
were capable of reaching speeds of over sixty miles per hour. Each example was
hand built and was very expensive while using the finest quality of components.
The company soon learned that it was losing approximately four hundred dollars
on each unit produced so the price was raised. This made them less appealing to
the public which led to the demise of Motorcycle production in 1914. Due
to the high cost and low production, only a few "real" examples
survive today. This example was discovered for sale in Argentina and was
recently restored to perfection.