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1929 Stutz Model M

Chassis number : M843CY17A

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Sold for $282,000 at 2011 Bonhams - Quail Lodge Sale.
Sold for $302,500 at 2015 RM Sotheby's : Motor City Auction.
The company that bore Harry C. Stutz's surname was a low production, quality company that had a reputation for their performance and speed. They were victorious in the American racing scene, and were a dominant force with the 'White Squadron' racing team. Their Bearcat models have become immortalized and will always be considered as one of the great icons of motoring.

Throughout the lifespan of the company, it experienced its shares of 'ups and downs.' Harry C. Stutz eventually lost control of his company and was replaced by Fred Moskovics, who was an equally brilliant man and a visionary. Moskovics resume included work at Marmon and he was inspired by many great European marques such as Alfa Romeo, Daimler, Mercedes, and Bentley.

Part of the formula for the Stutz cars performance success was their low chassis and powerful Eight cylinder motor. By using a Timken worm drive rear axle the entire chassis could be lowered considerably. This setup was also used to the same effect in the Double Six Daimler and the low chassis Invictas.

Timken hydrostatic brakes were initially used but later replaced with Lockheed hydraulics with oversized finned drums at all four corners. A Warner three-speed transmission was used, later replaced by a four-speed Detroit Gear unit. At the time, four-speed gearbox was a novelty in the United States and very few automakers used it. Eventually, Stutz went back to the three-speed Warner in 1931.

The new Eight-cylinder 'Safety Stutz' proved their potential on the racing circuit, for in 1928 their Stutz won every American Stock Car race entered and was declared World's Champion. Two custom Blackhawk Speedster bodies were penned by Le Baron to take full advantage of the performance. The four-passenger speedster body was designed and built so Stutz would have a car eligible for racing that required four seats.

The 24 Hours of LeMans was the most famous race requiring passenger cars with four seats and a top. At the time, this event was relatively unknown in America but was the highlight on the European racing calendar. A French Stutz agent entered the Stock Stutz Blackhawk Four-Passenger Speedster in the 1928 event. This was the only Stutz entered in the race, and it held the lead for much of the race, battling off an entire team of works Bentleys. Unfortunately, a loss of high gear late in the race forced the Stutz to finish second.

Chasis M843CY17A
This Four-Passenger Dual-Cowl Speedster Model M features the 'Challenger' engine, used at LeMans, with better head porting and improved performance and flexibility. There is a four-speed transmission that only 1929 and 1930 model Stutz were given. The brakes are the vacuum boosted Lockheed units which proved to be far superior to the Timken design of earlier models.

The LeBaron Speedster bodywork is elegant and 'European', with cut-down doors, dual cowl configuration and a close coupled design.

This vehicle was once part of the Briggs Cunningham collection and featured in his book 'Connoisseur's Choice - Racing, Sports and Touring Cars.' After its time in the Cunningham collection, it went to the Stutz Club founding member William Ruger.

In 2011, the car was offered for sale at the Quail Lodge auction presented by Bonhams. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $282,000 inclusive of buyer's premium.


By Daniel Vaughan | Aug 2019

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2015 RM Sotheby's : Motor City Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $275,000-USD $325,000 
Sale Price :
USD $302,500

2011 Bonhams - Quail Lodge Sale

Sale Price :
USD $282,000

1929 Stutz Model M Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Stutz Model M

(Data based on Model Year 1929 sales)
1929 Stutz Model M Dual Cowl Phaeton by LeBaron
Chassis#: M8-44-CY610
Sold for USD$78,100
  2022 RM Sothebys : Fort Lauderdale
 
1929 Stutz Series M Tonneau Cowl Speedster
Chassis#: M8-44-CY25D
Sold for USD$145,600
  2019 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
1929 Stutz Model M image  1929 Stutz Model M image  
1929 Stutz Model M Lebaron Dual Cowl Phaeton
Chassis#: M844CY72E
Sold for USD$101,200
  2019 Mecum : Monterey
 
1929 Stutz Model M Vertical 8 Town Car
Sold for USD$97,900
  2018 Mecum : Las Vegas
 
1929 Stutz Model M Four-Passenger Tonneau Cowl Speedster by LeBaron
Chassis#: SD23S
Sold for USD$212,800
  2018 RM Sothebys : Scottsdale, Az.
 
1929 Stutz Model M Four-Passenger Tonneau Cowl Speedster by LeBaron
Chassis#: M8-44-CY25D
Sold for USD$192,500
  2017 RM Sothebys : Hershey
1929 Stutz Model M image  1929 Stutz Model M image  
1929 Stutz Model M Supercharged Coupe by Lancefield
Chassis#: M-C-31312
Sold for USD$1,705,000
  2017 RM Auctions : Amelia Island
 
1929 STUTZ MODEL M
Chassis#: M8-21-SD 14W
Sold for USD$19,800
  2016 Bonhams : Preserving the Automobile
 
1929 Stutz Model M Four-Passenger Speedster by LeBaron
Chassis#: M8-43-CY17A
Sold for USD$302,500
  2015 RM Sotheby's : Motor City Auction
1929 Stutz Model M image  1929 Stutz Model M image  
1929 Stutz Model M Monte Carlo
Chassis#: M854CD223
Sold for USD$264,000
  2014 Bonhams - The Scottsdale Auction
1929 Stutz Model M image  1929 Stutz Model M image  
1929 Stutz Model M Vertical Eight Speedster
Chassis#: M24 SY01S
Sold for USD$176,000
  2013 Auctions America - California
1929 Stutz Model M image  1929 Stutz Model M image  
1929 Stutz Series M Two-Passenger Speedster
Chassis#: 31276
Sold for USD$139,000
  2012 Bonhams - Greenwich Concours d'Elegance: Collectors' Motorcars and Automobilia
 
1929 Stutz 8 Speedster
Chassis#: 43278
Sold for USD$186,332
  2012 Coys - Techno Classica, Essen Germany
 
1929 Stutz Series M Four-Passenger Dual-Cowl Speedster
Chassis#: M843CY17A
Sold for USD$282,000
  2011 Bonhams - Quail Lodge Sale
1929 Stutz Model M image  1929 Stutz Model M image  
1930 Stutz Model M Supercharged Coupe
Chassis#: 31312
Sold for USD$660,000
  2010 RM Auctions - Sports & Classics of Monterey
1929 Stutz Model M image  1929 Stutz Model M image  
1929 Stutz Model M Vertical Eight Town Car
Chassis#: M867CD19S
Sold for USD$82,500
  2010 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona
 
1930 Stutz Model M Supercharged Coupe
Chassis#: 31312
Sold for USD$715,000
  2006 RM Auctions at Meadow Brook
1929 Stutz Model M image  1929 Stutz Model M image  
1929 Stutz Model M Vertical Eight Speedster
Chassis#: 30046
Sold for USD$203,500
  2005 Vintage Motor Cars at Meadow Brook Hall
1929 Stutz Model M image  1929 Stutz Model M image  
1929 Stutz M Vertical 8 Town Car
Sold for USD$105,600
  2003 Carail Museum
 
1929 STUTZ BOATTAIL SPEEDSTER
Sold for USD$57,750
  2001 Barrett-Jackson - Scottsdale 2001
 

Stutz Model Ms That Failed To Sell At Auction

1929 Stutz Model M's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1929 Stutz Series M Four-Passenger, Dual-Cowl SpeedsterM8-44-CY25D2017 Bonhams : Greenwich Concours $275,000$350,000

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1929 Stutz Model M Profiles

1929 Stutz Model M vehicle information
Coupe
Coachwork: Lancefield
Chassis #: 31312
1929 Stutz Model M vehicle information
Town Car
Coachwork: LeBaron
1929 Stutz Model M vehicle information
Four-Passenger Speedster
Coachwork: LeBaron
Chassis #: M843CY17A
Engine #: 30.360
1929 Stutz Model M vehicle information
Convertible Victoria
Coachwork: Hibbard and Darrin
1929 Stutz Model M vehicle information
Monte Carlo
Coachwork: Weymann
Chassis #: M854CD223
Engine #: 32523
1929 Stutz Model M vehicle information
Four-Passenger Speedster
Coachwork: LeBaron
Chassis #: M8-44-CY25D
Engine #: 30514
1929 Stutz Model M vehicle information
Speedster
Chassis #: M24 SY01S
Engine #: 30046