1929 Stutz Model M Monte Carlo
Coachwork by Weymann
Chassis no. M854CD223
Engine no. 32523
322ci SOHC 'Challenger' Inline 8-Cylinder Engine
Single Twin-Throat Carburetor
113bhp at 3,300rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
Front and Rear Leaf Spring Suspension
4-Wheel Drum Brakes
*Sophisticated Stutz Eight with overhead cam engine
*Stylish Weymann Monte Carlo coachwork
*Great handling chassis with hydraulic brakes
*Welcomed at prestigious Concours events
*CCCA Full Classic
The Stutz Eight
Despite being a small, low production company, Stutz was always well known for their speed and performance. They dominated American racing in the teens with their "White Squadron" racing team and their sporting Bearcat has always been considered one of the great icons of motoring. And regardless of market trends, Stutz never abandoned its sporting heritage.
The Stutz Company went through many ups and downs and Harry C. Stutz eventually lost control of his company. Fortunately for the firm, however, an equally visionary and brilliant man would come in to fill his shoes: Fred Moskovics. Moskovics had made a good reputation for himself in the auto industry - his period at Marmon had led to their most charismatic and high performance products to date. Moskovics surrounded himself with a team of talented engineers, most notably Charles "Pop" Greuter. Greuter was an engine man fascinated with the potential of overhead cam valve trains. His design for Excelsior of an overhead cam straight-eight would prove the basis for the new Stutz Eight. This 8-cylinder engine was a marvel of sophistication: chain-driven, with an overhead cam configuration, ten main bearings, dual ignition, dual throat carburetion and cross flow porting.
The Stutz Eight would gain international motoring acclaim, most notably at the 1928 Le Mans 24 Hours, where a French-entered stock Stutz Blackhawk Four-Passenger Speedster held the lead for much of the race, holding off the entire team of works Bentleys.
The Motorcar Offered
To further enhance the European-inspired Stutz chassis, a series of fashionable Continental-style bodies were commissioned for 1928. Each body style was given the name of an exotic European location; Biarritz, Chamonix, Versailles, Fontainbleau, and so on. The most famous, and deservedly so, would be the Monte Carlo.
One of the most stylish and sporty closed cars offered in America at the time, the Weymann-constructed coachwork featured the company's trademark light and rattle-free fabric-covered finish. The Monte Carlo's striking looks and sporting characteristics perfectly achieved what Stutz was trying to convey with their product, convincingly imparting a European air of sophistication, and became a direct competitor to Bentley, Delage, Mercedes-Benz and other exclusive European marques.
Restored approximately twenty years ago, this beautiful Monte Carlo still presents very well. While its early history is not known to us, the car has been a part of a prominent private East Coast collection for the past 15 years, surrounded by other great motorcars of the classic era. The Monte Carlo has recently received a thorough service, including renewal of the hydraulic brake system, while the gas tank and vacuum system were cleaned and serviced. Few surviving Stutz Monte Carlos are known to survive to this day, and they are naturally welcomed entries at the world's most prestigious Concours d'Elegance. Here is a great and stylish way to experience "The Car That Made Good in a Day".