1931 Stutz Model DV-32 Convertible Victoria / MB-PC-1179 Chassis Information

1931 Stutz Model DV-32
Convertible Victoria
Coachwork: Rollston & Company
Chassis #: MB-PC-1179
Engine # DV-33284
High bid of $375,000 at 2013 RM Auctions - Monterey. (did not sell)
As many automakers began using large V12 and V16 engines, Stutz decided to stick with their 322 cubic-inch former BB engine which had been designed by the dean of the Stutz engineering department, Charles 'Pop' Greuter, who gave it double overhead camshafts and angled valves above hemispherical combustion chambers. In this guise, the four valves per cylinder earned it the 'DV32' name. The engine offered 125 horsepower, or about the same horsepower-per-cubic-inch ratio of the Model J Duesenberg. The gearbox was a four-speed unit built by Duesenberg's supplier, Warner.

The DV32 was capable of 80 mph, even with the heaviest formal coachwork on the longest chassis. Sadly, only about 200 examples were delivered before the company succumbed to the Great Depression.

For three decades, Rollston Company of New York City was Manhattan's most prestigious coachbuilder. They portfolio was diverse and encompassed everything from fleet roadsters to very large town cars. Their work was done to very high standards focusing on build quality, with equally impressive price tags.

The five-passenger convertible victoria was originally developed in Europe in the early 1920s and the popularized in the United States by Waterhouse and, later, Rollston, who continued producing it after Waterhouse folded. The style was distinguished by a formal top with no rear quarter windows, providing a sheltered perch for rear seat passengers when the top was raised. When lowered, the top would lie flat into a scooped 'notch' behind the doors. Other design elements included a lowered windscreen and side windows.

This Rollston Convertible Victoria is the second of seven built on the Stutz chassis. It was displayed at the Chicago Auto Show of 1931. In the 1960s, the original SV16 engine was replaced by the more desirable DV32 unit, after which the car spent many years in the well-known collection of Bill Harrah. It was eventually acquired from Harrah's Automobile Collection by Knox Kershaw. The present owner acquired it from Mr. Kershaw in the early 1990s.

The owner undertook an exhaustive, high-quality, nut-and-bolt restoration to concours levels, which was completed in the early 1990s. After the work was completed, it was shown at several events including the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in 1994, where it was awarded Second in Class. In 2000, it was shown at the California Grand Classic of the Classic Car Club of America, where it was judged at 100 points.

The car is finished in pale blue with dark red beltlines and a black top. The interior is upholstered in dark red leather. There are Ryanlite headlights and the famous 'Ra' headlamps.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2014


2013 RM Auctions - Monterey

High Bid (Lot was not sold)
$375,000

2016 1
2015 1
2012 1
2011 1
2010 1
2008 1
2006 1

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2016$1,100,000$1,100,0001
2015$159,500$159,5001
2012$154,000$154,0001
2011$170,500$170,5001
2010$561,000$561,0001
2008$105,300$105,3001
2006$517,000$517,0001

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1931 sales)
1931 Stutz DV-32 Convertible Victoria by Rollston
Chassis#: DV-PC-1294
Sold for $1,100,000
  2016 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island
1931 Stutz Model DV-32 image  1931 Stutz Model DV-32 image  
1931 Stutz DV-32 Convertible Sedan by LeBaron
Chassis#: DV-42-1383
Sold for $159,500
  2015 RM Sotheby's Hershey Auction
1931 Stutz Model DV-32 image  
1931 Stutz DV-32 Convertible Sedan
Chassis#: 28261
Sold for $154,000
  2012 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auction
1931 Stutz Model DV-32 image  
1931 Stutz DV-32 Sedan
Chassis#: DV-21-1345
Sold for $170,500
  2011 The Scottsdale Auction - Gooding & Company
1931 Stutz Model DV-32 image  1931 Stutz Model DV-32 image  
1931 Stutz DV-32 Speedster Phaeton
Chassis#: DV 25 1277
Sold for $561,000
  2010 Gooding and Company - Scottsdale Auction
1931 Stutz Model DV-32 image  1931 Stutz Model DV-32 image  
1931 Stutz DV32 Roadster
Chassis#: DV-28-1309
Sold for $105,300
  2008 The Richard C. Paine Jr. Collection
 
1931 Stutz DV-32 Speedster Phaeton
Chassis#: DV-25-1277
Sold for $517,000
  2006 The Otis Chandler Collection Auction
1931 Stutz Model DV-32 image  1931 Stutz Model DV-32 image  

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1931 Stutz Model DV-32's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1931 Stutz DV32 Convertible Victoria by RollstonMB-PC-11792013 RM Auctions Monterey$375,000  
1931 Stutz DV32 Bearcat Speedster 2004 Bonhams Collector's Motorcars $350,000$450,000

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Stutz Model DV-321931 Convertible Coupe
Engine Num: DV32597
Chassis information for the Stutz Model DV-321931 Convertible Victoria
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis information for the Stutz Model DV-321931 Convertible Sedan
Chassis Num: 28261
Engine Num: DV33096
Chassis information for the Stutz Model DV-321931 Sedan
Chassis Num: DV-21-1345
Engine Num: DV33019G
Chassis information for the Stutz Model DV-321931 Speedster Phaeton
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis Num: DV-25-1277
Engine Num: 32996
Chassis information for the Stutz Model DV-321931 Convertible Victoria
Coachbuilder: Rollston & Company
Chassis Num: DV-PC-1294
Engine Num: DV-33007
Chassis information for the Stutz Model DV-321931 Convertible Victoria
Coachbuilder: Rollston & Company
Chassis Num: MB-PC-1179
Engine Num: DV-33284
Chassis information for the Stutz Model DV-321932 Convertible Sedan
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis information for the Stutz Model DV-321932 Roadster
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis information for the Stutz Model DV-321932 Speedster
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis information for the Stutz Model DV-321932 Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis Num: DV-128-2012
Engine Num: DV-33001
Chassis information for the Stutz Model DV-321932 Convertible Sedan
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis Num: DV-26-1474
Engine Num: DV-33319
Chassis information for the Stutz Model DV-321932 Convertible Sedan
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis Num: DV-42-1450
Engine Num: DV-33165
Chassis information for the Stutz Model DV-321932 Sedan
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis Num: DV-60-1448
Chassis information for the Stutz Model DV-321932 Convertible Victoria
Coachbuilder: Rollston & Company
Chassis Num: DV-PC-1294
Chassis information for the Stutz Model DV-321932 Convertible Victoria
Coachbuilder: Rollston & Company
Chassis Num: DV-PC-1452
Engine Num: DV-33168
Chassis information for the Stutz Model DV-321932 Super Bearcat
Coachbuilder: Weymann
Chassis Num: DV-SB-1456
Chassis information for the Stutz Model DV-321932 Super Bearcat
Coachbuilder: Weymann
Chassis Num: DV-SB-1486
Engine Num: DV33194
Chassis information for the Stutz Model DV-321932 Roadster
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis Num: DV1479
Chassis information for the Stutz DV-321933 Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis information for the Stutz DV-321933 Convertible Victoria
Coachbuilder: Waterhouse
Chassis information for the Stutz DV-321933 Victoria Convertible
Coachbuilder: Rollston & Company
Chassis Num: 261560
Chassis information for the Stutz DV-321933 Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis Num: DV-26-1560
Engine Num: DV 33271
Chassis information for the Stutz DV-321933 Monte Carlo
Coachbuilder: Weymann
Chassis Num: DV-54-1559
Engine Num: DV-33270
Chassis information for the Stutz DV-321933 Victoria Convertible
Coachbuilder: Rollston & Company
Chassis Num: DV-PC-1558
Engine Num: DV-33268
Chassis information for the Stutz DV-321933 Monte Carlo
Coachbuilder: Weymann
Chassis Num: DV331-17
Chassis information for the Stutz DV-321933 Sedan
Chassis Num: DV64 1595
Engine Num: 33306

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