H.C.S. Cab Manufacturing Co. was announced in late
1924. The cab firm entered receivership in 1927. In
the late 1920s Stutz developed a revolutionary,
horizontally opposed, four-cylinder aircraft engine.
Harry Stutz died in June 1930 before this Stutz-Bellanca
engine could be commercialized.
Stutz Bearcat was a true sports car -- a powerful
engine, efficient transmission and not much else.
Creature comforts were not foremost. Speed was. Its
clutch was so stiff that it was rumored the purpose
was to prevent women from driving this "man's car."
Stutz sold his company to Charles M. Schwab and
other investors, the Bearcat was canceled. In 1923,
Frederick Ewan Moskowics, who had worked for Daimler
in Germany and Marmon and Franklin in the U.S., took
over as president of Stutz Motor Car Co. Moskowics
was intent on changing the Stutz from a he-man's
sports car to an elegant sedan of classic lines. He
did, with introduction of the 1926 Vertical Eight.
Under Moskowics, Stutz became well known for its
safety features, like safety glass, the "No-back"
Hill-Holder system and a chassis with an unusually
low centre of gravity because of a low-slung worm
The luxury beauties that Stutz was building
continued the old tradition of speed, however,
particularly with the introduction in 1928 of the
Stutz Black Hawk, the second legendary Stutz model
The cars were a great success, but it was a troubled
time for the company. Stutz was besieged with
lawsuits, including a breach-of-contract claim over
engine building and a breach-of-confidence suit by
James Scripps-Booth over the low-slung worm drive
design Stutz adopted before Moskowics entered the
Moskowics resigned in 1929 and was succeeded by
Edgar S. Gorrell. Gorrell wisely declined to enter
the multi-cylinder V-12 and V-16 race engulfing the
American luxury car field and instead came out with
a DV-32 engine, a fabulously efficient
four-valve-per-cylinder straight eight. That engine
prompted revival of the Stutz Bearcat name in 1932.
But even with the great engine and the mighty
Bearcat name, Stutz could not withstand the effects
of the Great Depression. In 1934, the company listed
36 separate models available in its line, but only
six cars were built in that last year of production.
The company was dissolved in 1939, nine years after
the death of Harry C. Stutz.
Only 35,000 of the first generation Stutz motor cars
were ever produced in the twenty year history of the
company. In fitting tribute, all Stutz manufactured
during the Classic Era of the automobile (1925-1946)
are now recognized as “full classics?by The Classic
Car Club Of America.
Following the closure of the Stutz factory in 1934,
it would be thirty-five years before the revered
Stutz insignia would once again adorn the hood of a
new factory manufactured automobile.
1970 ?The prototype Stutz Blackhawk is unveiled on
January 7th. It is ordered for Frank Sinatra;
however, is sold to Elvis Presley. Presley
eventually will buy a total of four Stutz’s, one of
which he drove on the day of his untimely death.
Stutz soon becomes the
car of choice for kings, queens, political
dignitaries, global business leaders and elite
entertainers. Quantities are limited and the price
is high, but the unique styling makes it desirable
for the select few that can afford the luxury.
1976 ?SMCCA receives an order for a number of full
scale armored limousines that can withstand a
barrage of high caliber bullets or grenade impact.
The result is the twenty-five foot Stutz Royale
Limousine. Word gets out fast as to the efficacy and
luxury of the novel armored limo and the company is
barraged with retro-armor requests for numerous
other limo vehicles for use at embassies and
missions throughout Europe and the Middle East. The
Stutz Royale is listed in The Guinness Book of World
Records as the world’s most expensive production
automobile ever sold with a price tag of $550,000.
1978 ?The new Bearcat convertible, the IV Porte,
the Blackhawk Coupe, and the leggy Victoria are all
introduced between 1978 and 1981. The Victoria
features ten more inches of leg room than the
standard Stutz, and is outfitted with burled walnut
writing desks and a color TV.
1981 ?Stutz is contracted to produce thirty (30)
large, four-door convertible hard-tops. These
specialized vehicles are to be fast, rugged, bullet
proof, and elegant. A large caliber, turret operated
machine gun is concealed within the car’s interior
structure and capable of immediate deployment. A
later version is capable of withstanding fire from
all NATO, Kalashnikov assault rifles, and the
Winchester 300 magnum. This breed of Stutz is
utilized for motorcade transport of domestic and
foreign dignitaries. A total of forty-nine of these
vehicles are eventually manufactured to order.
1985 ?The Gazelle (Defender) is unveiled. It is a
five passenger, bullet-proof, armed, all-terrain
vehicle capable of both two and four wheel drive…the
ultimate war wagon outfitted with a balanced and
blueprinted 425 hp marine jet engine capable of
reaching speeds in excess of 135 mph. It utilizes a
unique cooling system for water and
engine/transmission oil, larger capacity
air-conditioning, bigger brakes, and a heavier
suspension than any other car/truck of its kind. The
Gazelle weighs in at 8600 pounds. It carries 120
gallons of fuel in explo-safe tanks, 50 gallons of
cool water, and enough ammunition to assault a
fortress. A 360? Patented, turret mounting system
on rubber shocks capable of both horizontal and
vertical swing for a large caliber machine gun is
standard equipment as are aircraft strobes, special
Goodyear sand treads, and a heavy duty wench. As
with any Stutz…war wagon or not, durability,
reliability, roadability, and comfort are of
paramount importance. Unfortunately, by the time the
car is ready for delivery the government that had
placed the initial order is experiencing severe
losses in oil revenue, and delivery never takes
1986 ?Still looking for a way to increase profits
through sales Stutz hierarchy turns its attention to
the production of a new sports car based upon
Exner’s original concept for an indestructible
two-seater luxury convertible. Its body will be
virtually immune to dings and dents…it will retain
its new car shape and luster regardless of the
day-to-day travails of highway driving and parking
With whatever capital the company can muster it
dedicates its resources to the development of a
light-weight, durable, rustproof, dent-proof carbon
fiber (Diamond Fiber Comp) car body. The same
material/substance oft used in the fabrication of
formula one race cars, high speed aircraft, the
Stealth bomber, the space shuttle, and
intercontinental missiles is now being crafted into
the Stutz Bearcat II convertible.
1987 ?In March of ?7 Stutz’s Monte Carlo Stutz
dealer introduces the remarkable Stutz Bearcat II
convertible to the world at the Geneva Auto Show. A
hammer is handed to press and attendees alike. The
door is pounded upon continuously throughout the
course of the show. Geneva’s largest newspaper (La
Suisse) writes, “We hit the door until our hands
hurt, and still there were no visible signs of any
damage to the door or to the paint? Only 13 of
these cars are ever built. The first two are
delivered to the Sultan of Brunei.
1995 ?Stutz management determines that vehicle
production and sales will be halted for an
indefinite period of time.
2010 ?Stutz Management prepares for the
capitalization and manufacturing of its new line of
luxury vehicle. Formal relationships are initiated
with a number of overseas automotive parts and