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1918 Stutz Series S

In 1898, Harry Clayton Stutz designed and built his first vehicle using a 2 horsepower farm stationary engine and parts from old farm machinery. He built another vehicle in 1900, this time with an engine of his own design. This was followed by several other vehicles built for friends and neighbors. Around this time, he established his own machine shop, trading under the name The Stutz Manufacturing Company. Stutz would work in several different areas of the motor car related industry and was very successful in designing and patenting a transaxle incorporating gearbox and final drive in a single casing. After working in many aspects of the motor industry, Stutz decided to build his own car. In just five weeks, it was brought to the 1911 Indianapolis 500 where it finished 11th despite numerous stops for fresh tires, prompting its creator to establish the Ideal Motor Car Company to manufacture the 'Car That Made Good In A Day.'

The early Stutz automobiles were closely based on the Indianapolis car and used proprietary Wisconsin engines and Stutz's own rear three-speed transaxle. The 6.4-liter four-cylinder Wisconsin engine had a twin-camshaft 'T-Head' design, with inlet valves on one side of the block and exhausts on the other. This engine was used to 1917 when Stutz began to manufacture its own power-plants. A 60 horsepower six-cylinder engine had also been in the Stutz range since 1912 and the Bearcat model was available on both chassis. The Bearcat was a stripped down, bare essentials vehicle that offered little in the way of weather protection or comfort. In 1912 Stutz won 25 out of 30 competitions entered thanks to the Bearcat.

Although the Bearcat was produced in relatively small numbers, it gave the company a disproportionately high-profile reputation. It would be a fixture in the Stutz range until the end of the 1924 season when the installation of Frederick E Moskovics as company president marked a change of emphasis - switching the luxury end of the market.

The 1918 Stutz Bearcat was powered by a four-cylinder, sixteen valve engine with dual ignition displacing six litres. Its stylish and minimal coachwork had step over sides and long flowing wings which were later copied by many other manufacturers.


by Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2019

Related Reading : Stutz Bearcat History

The Stutz Bearcat was produced from 1914 through 1924. The first version was produced from 1914 to 1917 and was powered by a 6388 cc four-cylinder engine. The Bearcat was a creation inspired by an Indy sports car racer built by the Stutz Motor Company in 1911. It was powered by a 361 cubic-inch four-cylinder engine that produced 50 horsepower. The Bearcat continued the tradition of lightweight construction,....
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1918 Vehicle Profiles

1918 Stutz Series S vehicle information

Bearcat

The Bearcat was one of the quintessential American sports cars of the early 1900s. In a departure from early more minimal Bearcats, the Series S Bearcats featured cut-down sides and a bench seat, as well as a windshield and a folding top as standard ....[continue reading]

1918 Stutz Series S vehicle information

Bearcat

Chassis Num: S-1743
Engine Num: S-1082

The Stutz Bearcat was first introduced in 1912. These two-seaters were powerful and fast, and devoid of bodywork. By 1916, the Bearcat was powered by a new 16-valve engine and had been given refined bodywork, yet still rested on a shortened 120-inch ....[continue reading]

Bearcat
 
Bearcat
Chassis #: S-1743 

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Performance and Specification Comparison

Price Comparison

$660-$2,550
1918 Series S
$2,750-$8,012
1918 Stutz Series S Price Range: $2,550 - $2,750

Other 1918 Stutz Models

Bearcat

Year
Production
Wheelbase
Engine
Prices
120.00 in., 124.00 in., 130.00 in.
4 cyl., 390.55 CID., 50.00hp
$2,000 - $2,500
759
120.00 in., 124.00 in.
4 cyl., 389.90 CID., 60.00hp
$2,003 - $2,275
1,079
118.00 in.
4 cyl., 390.00 CID., 36.10hp
$1,995 - $3,685
119.88 in.
4 cyl., 390.00 CID., 60.00hp
120.00 in., 130.00 in.
4 cyl., 390.00 CID., 60.00hp
$2,000 - $3,695
2,207
119.88 in.
4 cyl., 389.00 CID., 55.00hp
$2,313 - $2,313
130.00 in.
4 cyl., 353.00 CID., 80.00hp
$2,850 - $2,850
120.00 in., 130.00 in.
4 cyl., 353.00 CID., 80.00hp
$2,550 - $2,750
2,786
120.00 in., 130.00 in.
4 cyl., 365.00 CID., 88.00hp
$3,257 - $3,359
120.00 in., 130.00 in.
4 cyl., 361.00 CID., 80.00hp
$3,900 - $5,500
120.00 in., 130.00 in.
4 cyl., 361.00 CID., 80.00hp
$3,250 - $4,800
130.00 in.
4 cyl., 365.00 CID., 88.00hp
$2,640 - $4,450

Industry Production

#1#2#3Stutz
1923Ford (1,831,128)Chevrolet (323,182)Buick (210,572)1,602
1922Ford (1,147,028)Dodge (152,673)Chevrolet (138,932)769
1921Ford (1,275,618)Chevrolet (130,855)Buick (82,930)3,860
1920Ford (806,040)Chevrolet (146,243)Dodge (141,000)2,786
1919Ford (820,445)Chevrolet (129,118)Buick (119,310)1,544
1918Ford (435,898)Buick (126,222)Willys Knight (88,753)1,873
1917Ford (622,351)Willys Knight (130,988)Buick (115,267)2,207
1916Ford (734,811)Willys Knight (140,111)Buick (124,834)1,535
1915Ford (501,492)Willys Knight (91,904)Dodge (45,000)1,079
1914Ford (308,162)Overland (48,461)Studebaker (35,374)649
1913Ford (168,220)Overland (37,422)Studebaker (31,994)759

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