The ex-Alexander Kennedy Miller,1933 STUTZ DV-32 ROADSTER  Chassis no. DV241505 Engine no. DV33210

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The ex-Alexander Kennedy Miller
1933 STUTZ DV-32 ROADSTER

Sold for DKK 3,795,000 (US$ 605,275) inc. premium
The ex-Alexander Kennedy Miller
1933 STUTZ DV-32 ROADSTER
Coachwork by LeBaron

Chassis no. DV241505
Engine no. DV33210

322 cid DOHC Inline 8-cylinder Engine, 4-valves per Cylinder
Dual-Throat Stromberg EE-3 Carburettor
156 bhp at 3,900 rpm
3-Speed Warner Transmission with Freewheeling
4-Wheel Lockheed Hydraulic Brakes


*Rare unmolested example, CCCA # 2464
*One of two DV-32 LeBaron Roadsters built in 1933
*Beautiful restoration by Steve Babinsky
*From the legendary Alexander Kennedy Miller Stutz hoard
*Powerful and technically advanced DV-32 engine



THE STUTZ DV-32

As a result of the emerging "cylinder wars" of the early 1930s, Stutz became aware of the need to create something new to attract attention. Being a small company that did not have the resources to develop a complex V-12 or V-16 engine, Stutz nevertheless had experience in motorsports, particularly with 4-valve engines. Based on this, Stutz decided that with the higher-revving Vertical Eight engine, which had been introduced in 1926, the benefits from this valve arrangement would outweigh the cost of developing a multi-cylinder engine.

Stutz adopted twin-overhead camshafts with a Link-Belt silent chain to drive them and a cross-flow design with near hemispherical combustion chambers. This new DV-32 engine would boost power from around 125 hp to nearly 160 hp, and save for the Duesenberg J, this design had not previously been seen on any other American passenger car.


THE MOTOR CAR OFFERED

The story of this rare Stutz DV-32 LeBaron Roadster is very much the story of the eccentric miser Alexander Kennedy Miller of East Orange, Vermont. Son of a wealthy stockbroker, he had bought his first Stutz while still in high school and continued to buy Stutz Bearcats for a fraction of their worth at bankruptcy sales. To neighbors, Miller and his wife, Imogene, were recluses. They had no children, lived frugally, dressing in ragged clothing and rarely socialized beyond church affairs. The house had no central heating, little electricity and antiquated plumbing.

Over the decades, as he grew increasingly eccentric and taking on a shabby appearance, Miller assembled a comprehensive collection of 35 Stutzes. On 23 October 1993, at the age of 87, he fell from a ladder while putting a storm window on his house. But the strange story of Alexander Kennedy Miller did not end there. Investigators for the estate uncovered a million dollar pirate's hoard of gold and silver. This included USD 800,000 worth of gold bars and coins found in the woodpile, USD 200,000 worth of silver coins in the crawl space under the building, as well as USD 700,000 worth of promissory notes and USD 200,000 of stocks and bonds that were found after drilling Miller's safe, buried deep in mud under the floorboards of a schoolhouse on the property.

It was said that the IRS guarded the property for three months prior to the auction. Miller never paid Social Security or income taxes, and claims were brought against the estate totaling USD 7.3 million by the Federal Government and USD 899,742.45 by the State of Vermont. To help pay off the debts, on 7 and 8 September 1996, Christie's held one of the first historic barnfind auctions on Miller's 81-acre property. Collectors flocked to the cluttered, unheated barns and sheds, thick with cobwebs, in which Miller had stored his vehicles for decades. The cars were complete down to their flower vases but dulled and faded as only time will do.

One of the cars hiding in Miller's barn was the powerful Stutz DV-32 LeBaron roadster, chassis DV241505, which is being offered today. At the auction, the car was acquired by Calvin G. High, who had driven 500 miles to be on-site. When he inspected the car, High found that it was an original complete car in good condition, with what was believed to be 46,000 original miles. All of Miller's cars had been placed on 10 cm jacks, which had allowed them to survive the Vermont winters better than could be expected.

Calvin G. High has recounted that "... I was so excited about the 1933 DV-32 Stutz that I just held up my paddle until it was knocked off to me. When the bidding was over and payment made, I turned to my restorer, Steve Babinsky of Automotive Restorations, Bernardsville, New Jersey, and said, 'It is all yours.' He just happened to have an empty trailer there. By 5pm on auction day it was on the trailer, ready to go for an 11-month total restoration."

The restoration has been performed with great attention to originality and authenticity. Since its completion in 1997, DV245105 has won several awards at Meadowbrook and Hershey. The restoration still presents beautifully. Subsequently, the car was acquired by the noted collector Charles B. Key and acquired latterly by Henrik Frederiksen. A very comprehensive file documenting the discovery and restoration of DV245105 comes with the car.

Only 110 cars were produced by Stutz in 1933, and DV245105 is one of two LeBaron Roadsters produced that year. It is finished in what are believed to be the original colours, two shades of tan with light tan upholstery and top. DV245105 presents a seldom encountered opportunity to acquire a very rare and unmolested example of a classic American icon – with that wonderful 8-cylinder four-valve twin cam engine to power it all. A rare opportunity indeed.


BILEN DER TILBYDES

Denne sjældne Stutz DV-32 med Roadster karosseri af LeBaron var del af en omfattende bilsamling, bestående af 35 Stutz plus det løse, som tilhørte en excentriker i Vermont på Østkysten af USA. Den blev solgt på en af de første historiske barn find eller ladefundsauktioner i September 1996. Bilen var i komplet og original tilstand og havde formodentligt kun kørt ca. 74.000 km. Den havde overlevet de hårde Vermont vintre i årevis, fordi ejeren havde sørget for at klodse den ordentligt op.

På auktionen blev chassis DV241505 købt af en mand fra Pennsylvania, som straks igangsatte en komplet restaurering af bilen ved Steven Babinsky. Efterfølgende har bilen vundet priser på Concours d'Elegance i blandt andet Meadowbrook og Hershey. Herefter blev bilen en del af den berømte Charles B. Key Samling, inden den blev købt af Henrik Frederiksen.

Bilen står stadig i smuk restaureret tilstand. Stutz producerede kun 110 biler i 1933, og DV245105 er én af blot to som blev udstyret med et letvægts Roadster karosseri af LeBaron. Dette er en unik mulighed for at erhverve et meget sjældent og helt autentisk klassisk amerikansk bilikon – med den magtfulde 8-cylindrede Stutz DV32 rækkemotor med fire ventiler per cylinder og dobbelt overliggende knastaksler.

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The ex-Alexander Kennedy Miller,1933 STUTZ DV-32 ROADSTER  Chassis no. DV241505 Engine no. DV33210
The ex-Alexander Kennedy Miller,1933 STUTZ DV-32 ROADSTER  Chassis no. DV241505 Engine no. DV33210
The ex-Alexander Kennedy Miller,1933 STUTZ DV-32 ROADSTER  Chassis no. DV241505 Engine no. DV33210
The ex-Alexander Kennedy Miller,1933 STUTZ DV-32 ROADSTER  Chassis no. DV241505 Engine no. DV33210
The ex-Alexander Kennedy Miller,1933 STUTZ DV-32 ROADSTER  Chassis no. DV241505 Engine no. DV33210
The ex-Alexander Kennedy Miller,1933 STUTZ DV-32 ROADSTER  Chassis no. DV241505 Engine no. DV33210
The ex-Alexander Kennedy Miller,1933 STUTZ DV-32 ROADSTER  Chassis no. DV241505 Engine no. DV33210
The ex-Alexander Kennedy Miller,1933 STUTZ DV-32 ROADSTER  Chassis no. DV241505 Engine no. DV33210
The ex-Alexander Kennedy Miller,1933 STUTZ DV-32 ROADSTER  Chassis no. DV241505 Engine no. DV33210
The ex-Alexander Kennedy Miller,1933 STUTZ DV-32 ROADSTER  Chassis no. DV241505 Engine no. DV33210
The ex-Alexander Kennedy Miller,1933 STUTZ DV-32 ROADSTER  Chassis no. DV241505 Engine no. DV33210
The ex-Alexander Kennedy Miller,1933 STUTZ DV-32 ROADSTER  Chassis no. DV241505 Engine no. DV33210
The ex-Alexander Kennedy Miller,1933 STUTZ DV-32 ROADSTER  Chassis no. DV241505 Engine no. DV33210
The ex-Alexander Kennedy Miller,1933 STUTZ DV-32 ROADSTER  Chassis no. DV241505 Engine no. DV33210
The ex-Alexander Kennedy Miller,1933 STUTZ DV-32 ROADSTER  Chassis no. DV241505 Engine no. DV33210
The ex-Alexander Kennedy Miller,1933 STUTZ DV-32 ROADSTER  Chassis no. DV241505 Engine no. DV33210
The ex-Alexander Kennedy Miller,1933 STUTZ DV-32 ROADSTER  Chassis no. DV241505 Engine no. DV33210
The ex-Alexander Kennedy Miller,1933 STUTZ DV-32 ROADSTER  Chassis no. DV241505 Engine no. DV33210
The ex-Alexander Kennedy Miller,1933 STUTZ DV-32 ROADSTER  Chassis no. DV241505 Engine no. DV33210
The ex-Alexander Kennedy Miller,1933 STUTZ DV-32 ROADSTER  Chassis no. DV241505 Engine no. DV33210
The ex-Alexander Kennedy Miller,1933 STUTZ DV-32 ROADSTER  Chassis no. DV241505 Engine no. DV33210
The ex-Alexander Kennedy Miller,1933 STUTZ DV-32 ROADSTER  Chassis no. DV241505 Engine no. DV33210
The ex-Alexander Kennedy Miller,1933 STUTZ DV-32 ROADSTER  Chassis no. DV241505 Engine no. DV33210
The ex-Alexander Kennedy Miller,1933 STUTZ DV-32 ROADSTER  Chassis no. DV241505 Engine no. DV33210
The ex-Alexander Kennedy Miller,1933 STUTZ DV-32 ROADSTER  Chassis no. DV241505 Engine no. DV33210
The ex-Alexander Kennedy Miller,1933 STUTZ DV-32 ROADSTER  Chassis no. DV241505 Engine no. DV33210
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