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10 March 2012

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Lot 115

1920 Stutz Model H Seven-Passenger Touring

  • Chassis no. 8035

Sold for $52,250

80 bhp, 360.8 cu. in. T-head, four-valve four-cylinder engine with twin spark ignition, three-speed manual transaxle, solid front axle and live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and two-wheel mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 130"

• Powerful four-valve, twin-ignition engine

• Bearcat performance with highway comfort

• Excellent for show or tour

Stutz was called the “car that made good in a day” because of its 11th place finish in the inaugural 1911 Indianapolis 500. Amazingly, the Stutz in the race had been one of the first off the build line, with no special preparation, and was driven from the Indianapolis Stutz plant directly to the race track. Harry Stutz capitalized on racing wins and created the famous Stutz Bearcat. Erwin “Cannon Ball” Baker drove a Bearcat from Los Angeles to New York City in 1915, setting a coast-to-coast record in 11 days, seven hours and 15 minutes.

By 1917, Stutz had perfected its own powerful 80-bhp T-head engine with four valves per cylinder and dual spark ignition. This rugged power plant was used in all Stutz production cars from 1917 to 1922, including all Bearcats of this period.

This seven-passenger touring benefits from the Stutz-designed 80-bhp T-head Bearcat engine. Fully restored 10 years ago, the car has been well cared for. The restoration looks fresh, with attractive red body, black fenders, black top and tan interior. The rear passenger compartment features folding jump seats, and the car has factory Houck knock-off wire wheels, dual side-mounts and a spotlight. The rear-mounted trunk contains a set of fitted luggage. We are told this fast car starts, runs and drives well. Its right-hand steering and fitted luggage make it a great touring vehicle, and it has been used sparingly since restoration, including a showing at the 2008 Kirkland, Washington Concours d'Elegance.

Fewer than 3,000 1920 Stutz Model Hs were built, including Bearcats. Very few seven-passenger cars have survived. This car represents an opportunity to acquire an excellent example that displays Bearcat performance with comfortable touring.

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