1914 Stutz Bearcat 4E

$107.3M, record prices at Gooding & Company Pebble Beach 2021
Friday, 13 August - Saturday, 14 August 2021
Sale Price
$2,750,000 - $3,500,000
Est. Range
14 August 2021
Sold Date
Lot Number
Older restoration
Gooding & Company
Auction House
Chassis no. 2250, Engine No. AI779. Yellow with black accents over black leather. RHD. 389/60hp Wisconsin T-head four, 3-speed, nickel trim, monocle windshield, electric lights, Klaxonet horn, luggage trunk, dual rear-mounted spares, Phinney Walker clock, Warner speedometer, Stutz MotoMeter.

Evaluation: Acquired new by Thomas Ives Hare Powel of Newport, Rhode Island. Sold in 1936 to Smith Hempstone Oliver, later curator of the Smithsonian Institution’s transportation collection. Driven by Ralph Mulford in the old-timers exhibition at the 1936 Vanderbilt Cup. Later restored for Winthrop Rockefeller and displayed at Petit Jean Mountain, then to Bill Harrah who sold it in 1976 to James Conant. Sound old edge chipped paint. Good nickel and chrome. Dry, cracked wood spoke wheels. An honest but aging Stutz.

Bottom Line: Sold here in 2006 from the Conant estate for $715,000 in essentially the condition in which it is today and with only about 500 more miles in the intervening fifteen years. One of few Bearcats with an unassailable, never separated, history, a car that deserves to be preserved and maintained as it is without being fluffed up for a concours and a sound value in this transaction.

by Rick Carey
23 September 2021
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Condition definitions
Condition #1: Concours
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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
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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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