28 April 2001
Photograph credit: Special Interest Auto Magazine, Bennington, VT
1932 STUTZ DV32 LONG WHEELBASE FOUR DOOR SEDAN
COACHWORK BY LEBARON
Chassis No. DV-60-1490
Engine No. DV 33198
Red and burgundy with black leather top, cream wheels and light gray broadcloth interior
Engine: straight-eight, double overhead camshafts, 322ci., 156hp at 3,900rpm; Gearbox: three-speed; Suspension: semi-elliptic, leaf springs front and rear; Brakes: vacuum servo-assisted, hydraulically operated drums all round. Left hand drive.
Stutz's final engineering tour de force arrived with the advent of the magnificent DV32 powerplant in late 1931. Developed from the SV16 Vertical Eight engine, it boasted four valves per cylinder, dual overhead camshafts and dual ignition. All these features matched both the finest European sporting machinery of the time and the hometown rival, Duesenberg.
A lone DV32 driven by the highly experienced French racer and Stutz exponent, Edouard Brisson, represented Stutz's final fling at winning the Le Mans 24-hour race, where Brisson had come tantalizingly close to finishing first in 1928. But sixteen laps into the 1932 race, and after a steady march from a mid-field start to ninth place, the Stutz crashed violently at White House Corner while avoiding Minoia's spinning Alfa-Romeo. Brisson was thrown clear of the wreck but this mishap closed the chapter on Stutz's attempt to carry the Stars and Stripes in international racing.
This Stutz for many years belonged to the well known West Coast collector Mr. Harry Windsor who had longed for a DV32 after admiring Stutz cars during his youth. To fulfill his dream, in June of 1982 he purchased this rare long wheelbase LeBaron 1932 DV32 sedan which he found in Woodland, a community of Sacramento. The paint, body and upholstery were completed by Joe Cruces' restoration shop in Chico. It is fitted with a 1933-1934 Stutz Stromberg down draft carburetor and manifold which seems to have been added at the factory. According to research carried out by Mr.Windsor, the car was sold new in Indiana where it remained until the 1960s. The Stutz has been featured in a number of books and magazines including The Olympian Cars, and in the September/October 1991 issue of Special Interest Autos. Since its complete restoration, the DV32 has received various ribbons including a first class prize in The Silverado 1991, third place at the highly competitive class at Pebble Beach 1990, and first place at Sacramento Autorama in 1991.
The current owner acquired the car in 1997 and recently had the brakes serviced. It is evident that this handsome and sporting Stutz sedan has had limited use since its prize winning days and it still appears to be in fine overall condition.
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