1925 Stutz Series 695 Speedway Six Speedster
Engine no. 14128
An outstanding showing at the inaugural 1911 Indianapolis 500 by one of the first cars built by Harry C. Stutz inspired the slogan, "The Car That Made Good in A Day." Although Harry Stutz sold his company in 1919, the Indianapolis-based firm continued to produce cars of superb style and performance until 1935.
For 1925, the largest and most expensive Stutz models were found in the 695 Speedway Six series. Priced comparably to the Cadillac V63 and Marmon 74, the 695 line was powered by a Stutz-built 289ci six-cylinder overhead valve engine rated at 80 horsepower. The free breathing overhead valve motor could propel the big Stutz to over 70mph while egging the driver along with a deep powerful exhaust note. To take full advantage of the hydraulic brakes the 695 came with oversized 33 x 6.20 tires mounted on wire spoke wheels. The Speedway Six name itself makes clear the sporting aspirations of this model. It broke from the typical American mode of luxury over performance and was true to Stutz' performance and racing roots.
This 695 is a unique custom Speedster with coachwork echoing the sportiest cars available at the time this machine was new. Built from a more pedestrian base around 1990, the cowl was lengthen and the rear of the car was fitted with only those things absolutely essential for motoringa pair of seats, a gas tank, and a trunk for tools and luggage. Finished in white with burgundy striping and wheels, it shows well today as a weekend back road burner. The driver and passenger enjoy the comfort of richly upholstered tufted leather buckets and a nicely finished wooden dash and footwell, but not much else.
Found by the vendor in Southern Florida in 2000, it has spent the last bakers dozen years in the Hudson River Valley of New York, occasionally tearing up the lovely wooded lanes on nice, summer days. Reported to be a good runner, it will do doubt provide plenty of ways to bring a grin to your face. This is motoring in its truest form and the closest one can get to riding a motorcycle without the threat of falling over.
- Please note that the title for this vehicle is in transit and it is titled under its engine number. It should also be noted that this car has mechanical rear brakes only.