17 May 1999
1977 STUTZ BLACKHAWK
Chassis No. 231706
Dark brown with black leather interior.
Engine: modified Pontiac V-8, 455ci., 431bhp; Gearbox: three speed manual; Suspension: coil sprung with shock absorbers; Brakes: four wheel discs. 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, utilizing 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 resulted 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 specifications by utilizing 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 1977 example has been dry stored in the collection for a number of years and will require recommissioning before use. Fitted with all the usual options including an electric sunroof, it also has unusual fluffy gold lame trim in the boot ! It is Swiss registered.
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The gearbox is automatic and not manual as stated.
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