Much Modified Stutz Two Passenger Torpedo

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05 Dec 2009 04:56 #15241 by Jonathan Richards
Jonathan Richards created the topic: Much Modified Stutz Two Passenger Torpedo
Have a look at photo image JBA 89 at Page 2 of the Misc Archives. I think
this is a much modified 1929 or 1930 Stutz Model M Two Passenger
Torpedo on the 134 1/2 inch wheelbase. The radiator shell is modified as
well as the hood ornament ( gone is the Egyptian deity Ra and a M-B tri-
star pokes up ), the solid front bumper is wrong, the rear fender leading
edge seems dolled up with chrome strips and the rear body contour of
the torpedo body may have bee changed. The following items remain as
identification guides: the free standing side mounted spare tire/wheel,
the aluminum step plate under the door, the cycle front fenders with the
mud flap, the Stutz fold down cast windshield , the low lying horizontal
hood louvres and the unique body mouldings on the cowl and body side.
These were painted in contrasting color to add artistic emphasis. The
sales catalogue for the Model M shows this car in light gray with red
wire wheels and leather seat. The Four Passenger Speedster had the
same cut down front door but the rear compartment entry doors had
horizontal top even with the belt line. It was available with or without
a tonneau cowl and windshield. These were very low production cars
but my most recent copy of the CCCA Handbook (2007) shows seven
(7) members with "speedster" models of the Model M of 1929 / 1930.
Some indicate Weymann bodies, others LeBaron . None specify the
"torpedo" body. Perhaps none exist except as this photo image and the
representations in the Stutz sales catalogue. Comments are welcome.
Sincerely, Jonathan Richards at Red Oak, Iowa aka <a href="mailto:[email protected]][email protected][/url]
P.S. -- Note the photo was taken at what appears to be a sports venue,
possibly an auto race track , and the car displays a front license plate
for OHIO for the year 1941 or 1947. jr

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05 Dec 2009 06:54 #15249 by Chris Summers
Chris Summers replied the topic:
I have also seen that same style of body, with the boattail, low-cut doors, and "outline" body moldings, identified as a Bearcat on the later DV32 chassis. I don't know if that's hyperbole or not.

JBA (830) depicts the infamous Stutzenberg, powered by Model J engine J-105.

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06 Dec 2009 03:28 #15259 by Jonathan Richards
Jonathan Richards replied the topic: STUTZ TORPEDO STYLE ROADSTERS/BOATTAILS
Thanks to Chris for his comment to my "blog" or comment of last evening.
Chris has referenced the later ( 1932 and 1933 I think ) DV32 Stutz autos
with the eight cylinder in line with dual overhead camshafts. These were
manufactured contemporaneously with the SV 16 which was essentially
the earlier engine used in the Series M model of 1929 and 1930. I wish to
call the readers' attention to two photo images in the Brockman collection
which show just such a vehicle. At page 2 of Misc. Archive see image JBA96 and at page 1 of the Auburn Archive see image JBA100. I believe
these are views of the same vehicle. Note that the body is a torpedo form
similar to that discussed earlier in this commentary, a 1929 or 1930 model
M , but the DV32 us a full fender version with conventional running boards.
The body has the cut down doors but not the cycle front fenders and is
similar but not the same . Who among us is knowledgeable about Stutz
and could inform us more completely about these remarkable units? I
look forward to comments. Richards in Iowa aka <a href="mailto:[email protected]][email protected][/url]

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27 Feb 2010 16:17 #16025 by k8096
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The picture was taken in 1947 per the Ohio license plate. The location of the picture is outside the Akron Rubber Bowl where the University of Akron played it's football games. The university just opened a new stadium this past year, but the old Rubber Bowl still stands. This car was the Stutz that ran at the Indy 500 in 1930 as the "Jones Special." After it's racing days were over, it was made into a street car with fenders, lights, and a windshield. At the time this photo was taken, the car was owned by Ralph Palichek, who owned a tune up shop called Automotive Electric Co. in Akron. I don't know how long he owned it or when he sold it. The car has since been returned back to it's race car configuration. You've probably seen it in some recent auction catalogs painted black with a red chassis and "Jones Special" painted in gold on the frame. This particular photo was in a book or magazine from the 1950's or 60's as I've seen it before. Ralph Palichek had two sons. One of them drove a nice 1934 Auburn Six convertible sedan to Cuyahoga Falls High School (suburb of Akron) in the early 1950's. The tune up shop Palichek owned still stands, but all of the old equipment is long gone. It is located down a hill behind Dave Towell Cadillac just West of downtown Akron.

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27 Feb 2010 20:49 #16026 by Jonathan Richards
Jonathan Richards replied the topic: The Much Modified Stutz 2 passenger torpedo
Thanks so much to Jason Gehring , ACD Club member from Bath, Ohio.
It took almost three months for an authoritative response from a Stutz
enthusiast but this morning's post answers the questions raised in my
post of 12-4-2009. This is a perfect example of how this ACD Club
website can serve as an excellent communications media and enables
the exchange of information about our exciting hobby. Sorry that I was
responsible for a detour into the world of STUTZ but The Jim Brockman
Collection goes beyond ACD in terms of preservation of automotive
history. Thanks again Jason for filling in the blanks of this Stutz.
Jonathan Richards at Red Oak, Iowa aka <a href="mailto:[email protected]][email protected][/url]

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04 Mar 2010 06:24 #16040 by dryesandno
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here is the car from the brockman collection pictures that jason gehring so eloquently described in his above post. thanks so much for the detailed description jason. its really cool to put your words to the picture.

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