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1913 Stutz Series B Bearcat

$250,000
Sale Price
$350,000 - $450,000
Est. Range
Yes
Reserve
5 March 2022
Sold Date
179
Lot Number
#1
Concours restoration
RM Sotheby's
Auction House
Chassis no. 997; Engine no. AB1828. Green with red chassis over black leather. RHD. 390/60hp Wisconsin T-head four-cylinder, 3-speed, Warner speedometer, black leather covered luggage trunk, dual rear-mounted spares, nickel trim, round bolster tank, electric starter and Tuto horn, Macbeth headlights, body color Frayer wire wheels, 34-inch tires.

Evaluation: Discovered on a Montana farm in the 1970s as a partial frame, engine and gas tank used to power a water pump. Restored over many, many years as original and period parts were sourced and finally completed in the ’00s. Very good paint, some thin nickel trim, good chrome. Older upholstery. Clean, crisp engine compartment.

Bottom Line: Reportedly sold at the 2015 Dragone auction for $577,500 and offered by Bonhams at the Simeone Museum in 2018 where it was reported bid to $460,000. This post-block transaction is at a surprisingly modest price and a huge value for the Bearcat’s condition although a lot of it is made up from the whole cloth to replace the bits missing back in the hills of Montana.

by Rick Carey
22 March 2022
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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.
N/A
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