10 September 2002,
London,The Jack Barclay Showroom
Price realised GBP 7,050
Estimate GBP 2,000 - GBP 5,000
1976 STUTZ BLACKHAWK VI TWO DOOR COUPE
Registration No. Not UK Registered
Chassis No. 2K 57K 7P 159 746
Engine No. Not known
Silver with black leather interior
Engine: modified Pontiac V-8, 455ci., 431bhp; Gearbox: Three speed manual; Suspension; coil sprung with shock absorbers; Brakes; Four wheel disc. Left hand Drive.
In 1969 the Stutz name was revived by Howard Williams, the House of Representatives member from Oklahoma. By 1971 another Stutz had emerged, utilising a modern American luxury car chassis of the contemporary Pontiac and powered by the big block engine of the same name. The Pontiac engine was modified and the resulting upgrades resulting in a 400 cubic inch engine that offered a throaty 425bhp at 4,000rpm.
As the model years progressed the Stutz Blackhawks experimented with different chassis including other General Motors cars like that of the Cadillac. By 1975 production had reverted to its original chassis specification by utilising the Pontiac Gran Prix set-up and still used the powerful and highly modified Pontiac engine. By the end of the 1970s the popularity of the retro-styled bodies on the modern chassis cars had dwindled significantly and the company was forced to close as the cost of a new Stutz had escalated to over $30,000 when new.
This Stutz dates from 1976, and is badged as a VI model, its build plate confirms manufacture in December 1976. A sticker underneath the bonnet notes a last service at 37,481 miles, by Roger Penske of Downey California, and the indicated reading is just over 45,000. We are not certain as to when it would have last been run, but it has resided in the present ownership for more than a decade.
The condition of the Stutz cosmetically appears very good, its paintwork is unmarked, brightwork clean and intact. The interior leather although slightly faded in the areas that have seen the most wear, is not cracked or torn. At some stage both the passenger compartment and boot have been lined in synthetic fur, in place of the original carpets. The dark interior is heightened by gold lammé trim on all surfaces including the finish of its Nardi steering wheel.
Christie's staff have not made an attempt to run the car, so it is sold as seen, the only spare items with it are its keys and a jack.
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