Lot 517: Stutz Blackhawk VI Coupe
2011 marked the centennial of America's most sporting prewar car, Stutz. The original brand for which it is generally heralded failed in the mid-1930s, however, in a little over two decades, the company left an incredible legacy of racing success which began in their earliest days. For the next 30 or more years the Stutz name would lay dormant, until the late 1960s when it would be revived in an altogether different incarnation, as the Stutz Motor Car of America. With funding from New York banker James O'Connell, none other than famed designer Virgil Exner penned a design that as ever was sure to draw attention. Built on a contemporary Pontiac chassis and powered by their 'big block' engine, some 425bhp was on tap to propel an all new luxurious Stutz. Elvis Presley purchased the first one, and would later buy three others, while a number of celebrities also picked up on this fashion accessory, including Rat Pack members Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin as well as Lucille Ball and Liberace. This 1977 Blackhawk VI is powered by a modified Pontiac 455 cubic inch V8, coupled to a three speed transmission. It was acquired by Charles H. Brown at auction in Switzerland in 1999, having resided in the collection that it was offered from for 'a number of years'. Approximately 10 years ago the car received a thorough refurbishment to put it into very fine mechanical and cosmetic order. The Blackhawk remains in very good shape and complete with its decadent interior and complement of features which includes a sunroof and wire wheels. Given its condition, this may well be one of the best examples to survive today. Sure to turn a few heads when you take it out, between its performance, design and details is sure to provide good entertainment for the driver too, as it certainly did for its former owner!
Grand Palais Sale|
Bonhams, Paris, France
|Hammer Price (inc premium)||€25300|
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