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1912 Stutz Bear Cat

Roadster
Bonhams Amelia Island 2021
Thursday, 20 May 2021
$643,000
Sale Price
$650,000 - $850,000
Est. Range
Yes
Reserve
20 May 2021
Sold Date
139
Lot Number
#1-
Concours restoration
Bonhams
Auction House
Chassis no. A163; Engine no. A354. Red with black fenders and aprons over black leather. RHD. 389/60hp Wisconsin T-head inline 4-cylinder, 3-speed, Reliance tachometer, New Haven clock, Gray & Davis acetylene headlights, kerosene sidelights and taillight, single rear-mounted spare, Testophone 4-trumpet bulb horn, Prest-o-Lite acetylene tank, Boyce Moto-Meter, leatherette covered trunk, monocle windshield.

Evaluation: Believed by the Stutz Club to be the earliest surviving Stutz and appropriately identified as a “Bear Cat”, not a “Bearcat”, the latter name coming into use only in 1913. Found by Judge Raymond L. Drake in the possession of Jack Wadsworth in 1960 but not acquired until 2001. Restored in 2008 and acquired by Clem and Mary Lange in 2009. Best of Show at Keels & Wheels in 2013. Excellent older paint, brass and upholstery. Spotless engine compartment and chassis. A little aged but superbly maintained. Clem and Mary Lange collection.

Bottom Line: The oldest known Stutz and a Bear Cat at that, this is a seminal automobile from which so much later history flows. It is in wonderful condition and brought a price appropriate to its stature and performance.

by Rick Carey
6 June 2021
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Condition definitions
Condition #1: Concours
Condition #1 vehicles are the best in the world. The visual image is of the best vehicle, in the right colors, driving onto the lawn at the finest concours. Perfectly clean, the vehicle has been groomed down to the tire treads. Painted and chromed surfaces are mirror-like. Dust and dirt are banned, and materials used are correct and superbly fitted. The one word description for #1 vehicles is “concours.“
Condition #2: Excellent
#2 vehicles could win a local or regional show. They can be former #1 vehicles that have been driven or have aged. Seasoned observers will have to look closely for flaws, but will be able to find some not seen by the general public. The paint, chrome, glass and finishes will all appear as excellent. No excessive smoke will be seen on startup, no unusual noises will emanate from the engine. The vehicle will drive as a new vehicle of its era would. The one word description for #2 vehicles is “excellent.“
Condition #3: Good
#3 vehicles could possess some, but not all of the issues of a #4 vehicle, but they will be balanced by other factors such as a fresh paint job or a new, correct interior where applicable. #3 vehicles drive and run well, but might have some incorrect parts. These vehicles are not used for daily transportation but are ready for a long tour without excuses, and the casual passerby will not find any visual flaws. “Good” is the one word description of a #3 vehicle.
Condition #4: Fair
#4 vehicles are daily drivers, with flaws visible to the naked eye. The chrome might have pitting or scratches, the windshield might be chipped. Paintwork is imperfect, and perhaps the body has a minor dent. Split seams or a cracked dash, where applicable, might be present. No major parts are missing, but the wheels could differ from the originals, or other non- stock additions might be present. A #4 vehicle can also be a deteriorated restoration. “Fair” is the one word that describes a #4 vehicle.
Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
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