Pierce Family Donates Honky-Tonker’s Pontiac

Webb Pierce’s heirs have donated the his flashy 1962 Pontiac Bonneville convertible to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s permanent collection, officials announced Monday (Jan. 24). Pierce already owned several rhinestone suits designed and crafted by Nudie Cohen when he paid the Hollywood tailor $20,000 to customize the car. Additions included a pair of steer horns mounted across the front grille, a hood ornament and door handles reminiscent of the six-shooters of the Old West, a saddle console and more than l50 silver dollars ornamenting the hand-tooled leather upholstery. On loan to the museum since 1994, the car was one of the first artifacts transported when the museum began relocating to its new building in downtown Nashville. Pierce died of cancer in 199l and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001. The car was donated by his widow, Audrey Pierce, his daughter, Deborah Pierce, and his son, Webb Pierce Jr.