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1929 Stutz Model M Vertical Eight Speedster
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1 2996 9/18/2008
Asking Price Shipping Amount Condition
$203,500.00 None Auction Results
Description: Offered For Sale at the:
RM Auction - Vintage Motor Cars at Meadow Brook Hall
August 6, 2005, Auburn Hills, Michigan

RM Auctions
One Classic Car Drive
Blenheim, Ontario
N0P 1A0 Canada
Phone: 519-352-4575
Website: www.rmauctions.com

1929 Stutz Model M Vertical Eight Speedster
LOT: 088
Estimate: $175,000-$225,000 US
Chassis No. 30046
AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $203,500

115bhp 322 cu. in. single overhead camshaft inline eight-cylinder engine, dual throat carburetor, three-speed manual transmission, worm gear rear drive and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 134.5"

Harry Stutz’s place in automotive history would have been secure on the strength of the Bearcat, the stripped down speedster that “made good in a day” and piled up a string of racing performances that built the brand image and sold thousands of production Stutz motor cars. However, Harry Stutz left the company that bore his name in 1919 in the wake of financier Alan Ryan’s acquisition of controlling interest, and left one of America’s leading marques. It had handily survived the depression of 1913 and was strong both in the market and on the balance sheet. The inept management that followed Harry Stutz’s departure and Alan Ryan’s stock manipulations would have killed a weaker company but even if it had, the world would still remember and revere Harry Stutz for his Bearcat.

In Harry Stutz’s case, however, the reputation of his marque, and his name along with it, was destined for greater things. Bethlehem Steel’s Charles Schwab, who took control of Stutz from Ryan in 1922, brought Frederick Moskovics, an engineer, promoter, motivator and marketer from the same mold as Walter Chrysler, into Stutz in 1925 to breathe new life into the brand. Moskovics did so with a vengeance, instigating a crash program that introduced (only a year later in 1926) the single overhead camshaft Vertical Eight engine, with a “safety chassis” to match the Vertical Eight’s capabilities.

Clothed in dramatic and sporting bodies, the new Stutz motor cars introduced under Moskovics’ direction were an instant sensation, expressing the spirit of the 1920s with performance and ebullient style. Studded with innovations, from the worm drive rear axle that permitted bodies to be mounted five inches lower, through hydrostatic brakes, to the single overhead camshaft straight eight engine designed by “Pop” Greuter, the new Stutz made an initial impression that those who experienced it remember to this day. It was a dramatic advance in automobile design.

The attributes of the new Stutz naturally attracted the attention of custom coachbuilders who, despite the marque’s mid-range image, were quick to recognize that its chassis’ low profile and ample power gave them greater latitude in design, construction and execution than its contemporaries. None were more dramatic than the “speedster” styles. Lithe, elemental and sporting, the speedster achieved the marque’s success at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1928 and 1929 where regulations called for four-seat touring bodies. In the States such silliness was irrelevant and coachbuilders like LeBaron created two-seat designs that brought the speedster's aesthetics to a pinnacle.

There is perhaps no better illustration of the combination of both elegance and speed than the beautifully restored 1929 Stutz Model M Vertical Eight Speedster with custom coachwork by LeBaron presented here. The stunning LeBaron body incorporates every facet of high speed driving comfort and amenities including the low-slung convertible top, disappearing rumble seat, golf club door and dual rear mounted spare tires. The stainless steel wheel discs nicely complement the smooth exterior, which is largely devoid of extraneous brightwork.

Notably, the current owner reports that this particular example was previously owned by none other than the great A.K. Miller and was sold to one of its most recent owners prior to the dispersal of the estate of A.K. Miller in 1996. Following the new owner’s purchase, a well-known and respected classic car specialist performed a full body-off restoration on the Stutz. Perhaps most valuable though, this Speedster is also complete with a photo record of the entire restoration process that will be available onsite for anyone interested.

Beautifully finished in black with subtle silver trim, it exudes a most refined elegance. Considered a Full Classic by the CCCA, this is one of only a handful of its kind in existence and it would always be a welcome entrant on any club tour where it would undoubtedly impress. As Stutz is a magical name in automotive history and is celebrated for its competition success as well as being a great road car. In the case of this LeBaron Stutz Speedster – an artistic triumph as well. This magnificent Stutz is an outstanding example, not only of “the car that made good in a day,” but also the superlative engineering and construction that has characterized the Stutz marque from its inception. An outstanding open road automobile, this Stutz has performance, style and quality presentation that suits it perfectly to participate in any tour or event.
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