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04 Mar 2010 06:26 #16041 by dryesandno
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jason....i think this one is a 31/32 stutz bearcat with the DV32 engine? would you have any information on this car that might help us identify the location of the picture and possible owners?

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05 Mar 2010 00:26 #16047 by Jonathan Richards
Jonathan Richards replied the topic: PHOTO IMAGES OF STUTZ DV32 TORPED0 ROADSTER
Good Evening, Gentlemen;
We are, in fact, straying a bit from the original subject matter of this
thread. We are at least staying within the category of STUTZ and are
still discussing photo images which appear in the galleries of The Jim
Brockman Collection.
I think it might be helpful to identify the photo image of the Stutz
DV32 that Brent has posted this morning. It is #JBA 96 and is found at
Page 2 of the Jim Brockman Misc. Archives. There is also another photo
image in the Brockman Collection which I believe is the same or a similar
vehicle. This is a left side and rear view and the vehicle is parked in front
of a business place. This is photo image #JBA 100 which is found at Page
1 of the Jim Brockman Auburn Archives.
I hope that the informed Stutz contributor Jason Gehring will respond
to our inquiries about this rare DV32 model. Was it referred to as a Super
Bearcat model in Stutz catalogues or was it a " Two Passenger Torpedo " as it was called in the earlier Model M series? Educate us, Jason. Thanks,
Jonathan Richards at Red Oak, Iowa aka <a href="mailto:[email protected]][email protected][/url]

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05 Mar 2010 02:22 #16049 by k8096
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The car is a late 1931 or 1932 Stutz Bearcat on the 134 1/2 inch wheelbase. The Super Bearcat was on the shortened 116 inch wheelbase and looks nothing like this car. The car looks relatively new in the photo, but it does have the wrong front bumper and the wrong passanger side exterior door handle on it. I'll let you know if we can figure out if this one still exists or not.

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19 May 2010 19:07 #16809 by alsancle
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k8096 wrote: 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.


To add a bit of history to the car, I have a similar photo of it taken in the late 1950s. It is labeled 1930 Stutz Bearcat Speedster , owned by Tommy Wolfe of Maywood California. The car is currently offered for sale here:

http://www.blackhawkcollection.com/inde ... ar%20f.JPG

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19 May 2010 22:20 #16810 by mikespeed35
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What happened to the DV32. Are you sure this is the same car?
CORDially Mike

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20 May 2010 04:00 #16811 by Jonathan Richards
Jonathan Richards replied the topic: Stutz 2 passenger Torpedo History --- Continued
Greetings to all you readers of this obscure post to the MISC ARCHIVE
forum. Since reading the post of earlier this afternoon by Alphonse P
San Clemente ( aka Alsancle ) I have been studying the color photo
images of the Jones' Stutz Special offered by the Blackhawk Collection
and comparing those images with the black and white images we have
of both the modified race car in retirement ( about 1947 ) and parked at the Rubber Bowl at Akron ( supplied by Jason Gehring ) AND the DV32
torpedo of 1931-1932 from the Brockman Collection. It is pretty obvious
that the engine in the Jones' Stutz Special ( apparently a 1930 Model M )
is the 322 cid engine Stutz referred to as the SV-16. It produced 115 bhp
@ 3600 rpm from B & S of 3 3/8 x 4 1/2. Valve train was direct with an
overhead camshaft and valves in head. The cam cover is painted black
in the restored racing machine. Also obvious in the photos are the two
ignition coils adjacent to the starter, the large twin ignition Delco distribu-tor and the rams horn exhaust manifold on the right side of the engine.
On the other hand, when you look at the black and white photo of the
DV-32 powered "torpedo" bodied open car ( posted by Brent Merrill on
03-04-10 and from the Brockman Collection ) the twin cast aluminum cam
covers of the DV-32 engine are readily seen. This car does NOT have an
SV-16 engine. Note also that the road wheels on the retired race car and
on the restored Jones' Stutz Special have a threaded attachment such as
employed by Buffalo whereas the DV-32 wheels have a larger hubcap
( on which the cloisonette DV-32 emblems were displayed ) and may
have been bolt on wheels. I cannot say about attachment method but
they are definitely different road wheels.
In response to Mike Huffman's question " Are you sure this is the same car ? " I say NO, these are distinctly different cars. By the way, Jason, have you found any more information about the fate of the Stutz DV-32
torpedo shown in the black and white photo image? Comments , please.
Best Regards, Jonathan (Jack) Richards at Red Oak, Iowa, U.S.A. aka
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