High bid of $120,000 at 2009 Sports & Classics of Monterey. (did not sell)
Chassis #: MBPC1002
For 1932, the Stutz SV-16 could be purchased on either a 134.5- or 145-inch wheelbase. There was over 30 body styles to select from, with such memorable names as Monte Carlo, Prince of Wales, Patrician Coupe, Longchams, Versailles, and Chaumont. All were powered by the 16-valve single overhead camshaft inline eight-cylinder engine offering 113 horsepower. They were equipped with a Warner four-speed manual transmission and four-wheel servo-assisted hydraulic drum brakes. Pricing ranged from $2,990 to nearly $7,500.
The early 1930s was a very difficult economical time, and Stutz put up a impressive fight against the Great Depression. It had been riddled with a crippling history, with its namesake leaving in 1919 and the stock manipulations of Alan Ryan in the twenties.
In 1926, the company introduced the Vertical Eight engine, mounted in a new double-drop chassis frame with worm gear rear axle and four-wheel hydraulic brakes. With this new chassis, Stutz cars were able to ride several inches lower, gained a performance and safety advantage, and had a racier appearance than the competition.
The Vertical Eight engine had the balance of an eight-cylinder engine, plus the addition of an overhead camshaft for better valve timing and a Link-Belt silent chain to drive it. It was a silent and refined engine that achieved better volumetric efficiency than most other engines of its time.
The cylinder wars continued to escalate in the early 1930s, with many companies introduced a powerful 8- or 12-cylinder option. Two companies boldly offered a V16. Stutz responded by renaming their powerplant to SV16 - for single valve sixteen - and adding a logo on the headlight tie bar that looked similar to Cadillac's new V16.
This 1932 Stutz V16 Roadster has coachwork by Derham, Inc., of Rosemount, Pennsylvania. It was once owned by Mr. Kinglseigh in Pennsylvania during the 1960s. In 1990, it was purchased by M. Hans Luscher in Europe, and remained with him until 2002. It was part of the Hans Luscher Collection auction performed by Christie's and sold to the present owner.
The car has been given a comprehensive professional restoration. There are twin side-mounted spares with metal covers, a single center mounted Pilot Ray driving light, and a rear mounted trunk.
In 2009, this SV16 Roadster was offered for sale at the Sports & Classics of Monterey auction in Monterey, California presented by RM Auctions. The car was estimated to sell for $180,000-$220,000. The lot failed to sell after achieving a high bid of $120,000.By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2009