Stutz DV 32 Super Bearcat
No model name is so indelibly linked to Stutz as “Bearcat,” which appeared in three versions between its 1912 introduction and its maker’s demise during the 1930s. In 1915, the Bearcat assumed legendary status when “Cannonball” Baker drove one from San Diego to New York in just 11 days, seven hours and 15 minutes, setting a new transcontinental record.
From 1915 to 1917, the “White Squadron” racing team carried the Stutz banner, and while their cars were not, strictly speaking, Bearcats, they earned the team prize at the 1915 Vanderbilt Cup and American Grand Prize races. Board and dirt track races comprised the rest of the 1915 season, with Earl Cooper earning the most points and an unofficial national driver’s championship.
After a period of instability and the departure of Harry Stutz, the Stutz Motor Car Company came under the direction of Hungarian-born engineer Fredrick Moskovics. He completely redesigned the Stutz car with a new six-cylinder overhead-cam engine, a double-drop chassis frame and worm-gear rear axle, safety glass and four-wheel hydraulic brakes. The 92-bhp “Vertical 8” engine debuted for 1926.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2009 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona and in August of 2011 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.
156 bhp, 322.1 cu. in. DOHC inline eight-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission, front and rear semi-elliptic leaf spring suspension, solid front axle, live rear axle, and four-wheel vacuum-assisted hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 116"
Source: RM Auctions
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