The only Prince of Wales long wheelbase example known to exist
1933 STUTZ DV32 PRINCE OF WALES LWB SPORTS SEDAN
COACHWORK BY LEBARON
Chassis No. DV631593
Engine No. DV33302
Dark brown with black belting and fenders, a black leather driver's compartment, a tan cloth rear passenger compartment and a black long grain faux convertible top
Engine: straight eight, twin overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder, 322ci., 156bhp at 3,900rpm; Gearbox: four-speed manual; Suspension: beam axle to front, live axle to rear, front and rear semi-elliptic leaf springs; Brakes: hydraulically operated four wheel drums all around. Left hand drive.
The Stutz Vertical Eight was the product of Frederich Moskovics' conviction that it was time for a new type of luxury car, an automobile that combined the best attributes of the traditional American quality car with those of thoroughbred European machines. The Vertical Eight made its debut at the 1928 New York Salon and was a show-stopper. Its advanced overhead camshaft straight eight was installed in a double drop chassis of unusual rigidity and low center of gravity, helped by a worm drive rear axle. On such a chassis even convential sedans and phaeton bodies looked very sleek, enabling Moskovics to develop his plan of providing chassis powerful and stable enough to give sports car performance even to sedans.
As the boom years of the 1920s gave way to the harder times of the 1930s, the Stutz remained essentially unchanged, but greatly improved in detail. Stutz motor cars raced and broke records throughout the United States, as well as at the Le Mans Grand Prix d'Endurance, where a Stutz finished a very impressive 2nd in 1928. Faced with fierce competition, Stutz unveiled the superlative DV32 in 1931 in an attempt to secure a place in the swiftly dwindling luxury car market. The engine and chassis remained as before, but now had twin overhead camshafts with four inclined valves for each cylinder. The results were startling as power leapt from 113bhp to 156bhp, and the torque went to a lusty 300lbs/ft. Fully equipped, a Stutz sedan was capable of speeds well in excess of 80mph. Stutz, like many of the American car companies in the early 1930s, was involved with creating show cars for the various salons. The example on offer here is one of these and is said to be one of the only long wheelbase examples in existence today.
It is widely believed and accepted that this Stutz was one of the factory show cars in 1933. Built on a long wheelbase chassis of 000 inches, the Sports Sedan is essentially an enclosed drive limousine capable of awesome power and speeds. Club records indicate that in the 1950s this car appeared in very worn original condition under the ownership of Cleveland resident Mr. Roger Loecy. Mr. Loecy retained ownership of the Stutz for many years until he sold it to Mr. Charles Jones. Several years later, Mr. Jones sold the car to Mr. Browning. At this point we understand that only limited restoration work had been done and more would be required. Additionally, as seen in some earlier photographs of the car, much of the original top wood had to be replaced during the restoration. Nevertheless it also appears that much of the car's very special bodywork was not replaced, but rather was restored from the original panels. The bodywork appears quite straight and in lovely freshly restored condition. The brightwork, engine bay and motor all appear excellent, as does the near spotless underbody and front and rear interior compartments. Interestingly, this example seems to employ details of both 1933 and 1934 models. As this was a factory demonstrator, it is quite feasible that if unsold in 1933 it would have been updated with some of the distinctive features of a 1934 model year car and then re-offered to the public.
We are told that there is little dispute over the history of this Stutz and that its engine number and long time original condition are regarded as highly truthful and an impressive aspect of this car's provenance. It is believed that of the four coachbuilt Sport Sedans, three are short wheelbase DV32 models, and this spectacular example is believed to be the fourth and only long wheelbase version of its kind. We understand that the car is currently not running as it should and encourage those interested in the Stutz to contact a member of the department prior to the sale for further information.