The car is very original and un-molested and retains many of the original fittings
As built with its original Wisconsin 4 cylinder 390 cubic inch ‘T’ Head, side valve motor, which was completely rebuilt with no expense spared, by renowned veteran car restorer, Nigel Parrot of NP Engineering, Heathfield, East Sussex. The engine has been well maintained and regularly used since.
I am in possession of the factory brochures (these will be provided with the car, copies on request) showing Harry Clayton Stutz built 3 different models in 1917. Two were 4 door Bulldog cars, the third being a Model ‘R’ Roadster. The documentation states that during the early part of 1917 Stutz added an extra 6 inches to the rear springs to make the car more comfortable, my car has the longer 56 inch rear springs. From April 1917 onwards, Stutz launched their own monoblock 4 cylinder engine (not particularly successful initially as many cracked between the two middle cylinders). my car has its correct Wisconsin Engine with the cylinders cast in pairs, showing it to be a rare, early 1917 car. This is ‘set off’ by the large bronze, glass bowled, Stromberg carburettor.
Main features of the car:
3 speed gearbox built into the rear transaxle (this is what made Stutz famous before he launched his own range of cars), driven from a large, leather-faced cone clutch. Large rear drum brakes operated by hand and foot levers. Bosch magneto and switchgear, the cars starts from cold with the spark provided from trembler coils and runs normally when switched across to the magneto. Manual advance and retard controlled from a lever on the steering wheel centre. Remy Electric starter and manual crank are provided. The car benefits from a recently re-built charging system with a 6 volt dynamo and regulator box, a new battery was added a few weeks ago. In the cockpit, there are ample gauges showing the excellent oil pressure and charging system performance. The speedo works well and is driven from a large gear on the driver’s side front wheel. There is a centre-throttle with ‘dropped floor’ to aid heel and toe gear changing.
The car retains its Stutz branded headlights and Monometer and has the optional Hook wire wheels shod with 35/5 Goodrich Silvertown tyres. The tool kit retains the correct wheel spanner.
The interior of the car retails its red leather and leatherette finish and its very grand wooden steering wheel and is a joy to drive and be driven in.
The car benefits from a recent new hood and retains the original Bakelite surround and rear bevel glass window.
Driven regularly to shows and Vintage events , the car has won several awards, last year we successfully tackled the hill at the Kop Hill, hill-climb event, the car also has a Veteran Car Club events passport and is therefore eligible for the appropriate Veteran Car Club events.
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