<b>1917 Stutz Bearcat</b><br />Chassis no. 2217 S

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Lot 178
1917 Stutz Bearcat

Sold for US$ 186,500 inc. premium
Ex-Crawford Museum Collection
1917 Stutz Bearcat
Chassis no. 2217 S

360ci T-Head 16-Valve 4-Cylinder Engine
Single Stromberg Carburetor
83bhp
3-Speed Manual Transaxle
Front and Rear Leaf Spring Suspension
Rear Drum Brakes

*Very rare 1917 Bearcat
*Iconic American sports car
*Formerly part of the Crawford Museum Collection
*One of the most desirable American cars of its era


THE STUTZ BEARCAT

In the world of antique cars, few names resonate like the Stutz Bearcat. Images of young gentlemen in raccoon coats racing around the countryside with a college pennant attached to the car often come to mind, and for the era, there were few cars as sought after and mythical in stature.

The Stutz Company and the Bearcat model were famous from day one. Soon after completion, Harry C. Stutz sent the prototype Bearcat racer to compete in the 1911 inaugural Indianapolis 500 race. The untested car did remarkably well, finishing the race and beating many established brands, earning the Stutz the slogan "The Car That Made Good in a Day".

First offered to the public in 1912, the Bearcat was essentially a road-worthy version of the highly successful Stutz racers that followed the original Indy car. A radically designed sports car through and through, the Bearcat had just two bucket seats and no convertible top or windshield. Like the Stutz racing cars, the Bearcat was constructed around a low-slung chassis, ensuring a lower center of gravity and good handling characteristics in addition to its lightweight design.

Initially powered by a Wisconsin T-head engine, it would be eventually replaced by a Stutz-built, sixteen-valve, four-cylinder unit that drew heavily on Stutz's racing experience. The Stutz "White Squadron" racers were powered by engines featuring four valves per cylinder; the potential increase in performance over a traditional two-valve motor was made clear!

The new, more advanced motor demanded an improved car. Stutz responded with a heavier chassis to cope with the power as well as attractive modern coachwork. Still built on a short and light 120" chassis, the new model would move the center of gravity even lower by placing the tank down low in the rear, with a rear deck fitted to hold a couple of raked spares in racing fashion. This redesign produced a menacing looking machine, and would bestow upon the Bearcat its second golden era. Challenged only by its fierce rival, the Mercer Raceabout, the Bearcat represented the ultimate in American sporting cars of the time.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

This Bearcat is a scarce example of an early second series model. It combines features of both the earlier and later style cars. The hood, radiator and fenders are straight off the early Bearcat but with the more up to date body that would define these later cars.

The car was thoroughly restored in the early 1960s and upon completion was awarded with what was then a prestigious AACA First Prize award at Hershey. The Bearcat would become part of the prestigious Crawford Collection at the Western Reserve Historical Museum in Cleveland Ohio. A published period postcard illustrates the Bearcat on display.

Sometime in the 1980s the car returned to a private collectors hands and was used sparingly over that time.

Close examination will show the proper light-weight chassis unique to the Bearcat model. The 16-valve Stutz four-cylinder engine shows all its difficult to find components intact. The proper generator and distributor are both present and in good order. The car is in good driving condition and has just benefitted from quite a bit of recent service work. The interior has fresh upholstery and the dash sports the correct Stutz instrumentation.

These Bearcats are iconic for a reason when properly prepared they are wonderful driving cars. The handling is precise and well balanced and that legendary engine pulls from almost no rpms. A true American icon these Bearcats seldom appear on the market and have become increasingly sought after in recent years. This is one of those rare opportunities to secure one of the most legendary cars of them all.
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<b>1917 Stutz Bearcat</b><br />Chassis no. 2217 S
<b>1917 Stutz Bearcat</b><br />Chassis no. 2217 S
<b>1917 Stutz Bearcat</b><br />Chassis no. 2217 S
<b>1917 Stutz Bearcat</b><br />Chassis no. 2217 S
<b>1917 Stutz Bearcat</b><br />Chassis no. 2217 S
<b>1917 Stutz Bearcat</b><br />Chassis no. 2217 S
<b>1917 Stutz Bearcat</b><br />Chassis no. 2217 S
<b>1917 Stutz Bearcat</b><br />Chassis no. 2217 S
<b>1917 Stutz Bearcat</b><br />Chassis no. 2217 S
<b>1917 Stutz Bearcat</b><br />Chassis no. 2217 S
<b>1917 Stutz Bearcat</b><br />Chassis no. 2217 S
<b>1917 Stutz Bearcat</b><br />Chassis no. 2217 S
<b>1917 Stutz Bearcat</b><br />Chassis no. 2217 S
<b>1917 Stutz Bearcat</b><br />Chassis no. 2217 S
<b>1917 Stutz Bearcat</b><br />Chassis no. 2217 S
<b>1917 Stutz Bearcat</b><br />Chassis no. 2217 S
<b>1917 Stutz Bearcat</b><br />Chassis no. 2217 S
<b>1917 Stutz Bearcat</b><br />Chassis no. 2217 S
<b>1917 Stutz Bearcat</b><br />Chassis no. 2217 S
<b>1917 Stutz Bearcat</b><br />Chassis no. 2217 S
<b>1917 Stutz Bearcat</b><br />Chassis no. 2217 S
<b>1917 Stutz Bearcat</b><br />Chassis no. 2217 S
<b>1917 Stutz Bearcat</b><br />Chassis no. 2217 S
<b>1917 Stutz Bearcat</b><br />Chassis no. 2217 S
<b>1917 Stutz Bearcat</b><br />Chassis no. 2217 S
<b>1917 Stutz Bearcat</b><br />Chassis no. 2217 S
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