Between 1924 and 1930, the 'Bearcat' name had disappeared. However, in 1931 Stutz reintroduced its famed model to showcase their new eight-cylinder, dual overhead cam four-valve per cylinder, 165 horsepower 'DV32' engine. It was an all-aluminum body light roadster by Lebaron (Stutz called their roadsters 'Speedsters') with a rakish dip in the doors, a folding front windshield, dual side mount tires and a powerful engine. With the new engine, the car proved to be a real performer. Each new car owner was provided with a notarized affidavit attesting the car had been race track test driven in excess of 100 mph, presumably at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, as Stutz's factory was practically across the street. As with all Stutz automobiles the Bearcat was fitted with power assisted hydraulic drum brakes.
1933 was the last year of production for the Bearcat and the Super Bearcat was introduced in 1932. The Super Bearcat did not handle as well because of its short wheelbase (only 115 inches), but with the same engine its speed performance was about equal. It is believed Stutz ceased production altogether at the end of 1934.
This Torpedo Speedster with coachwork by LeBaron was the ultimate boulevard sports car of the 1930s and a fitting successor to the earlier Bearcats. With a light two-passenger body the spirited new multi-valve engine gave more than lively performance to the lucky owner. It is reported that only four of this style were built on the DV-32 chassis. It is believed that this example is one of four remaining today.Also photographed at :