Stutz Model M Supercharged Coupe
Stutz’s racing and sales successes continued through World War I, but by 1919, Harry C. Stutz lost control of his company to a Wall Street syndicate whose financial machinations ultimately led to the de-listing of Stutz from the New York Stock Exchange. Harry Schwab of Bethlehem Steel, whose mismanagement nearly led to the marque’s demise, then acquired the company.
Salvation came with the arrival of Hungarian-born Frederick E. Moskovics, a veteran of Daimler, Franklin and Marmon. He had, as the saying goes, gasoline in his veins and proved it with the introduction in 1926 of the Stutz Vertical Eight, an engineering and stylistic tour de force that included a SOHC inline eight-cylinder engine, hydrostatic brakes, safety glass and worm drive for a lower overall profile. It was the progenitor of the Model M, surely the most European of US automotive designs of the era.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August of 2010 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.
185 bhp, 325 cu. in. inline eight-cylinder engine with single overhead camshaft and supercharger, four-speed manual gearbox, semi-elliptic leaf springs front and rear, and four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 134.5".
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel