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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