Special would definitely be an understatement in describing this 1922 Stutz Special. Painstakingly restored over several years, with only a few hundred miles since complete, this one has thorough restoration photos, itemizing just about every nut and bolt installed, and it also comes with one of the rarest stories of all - this car was personally invited to compete in a vintage car roundup during the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500, actually racing the track itself, and comes with documentation to properly commemorate the experience. Finished in late 2009, cars like this Stutz are all about minimalism-if these guys could strap themselves to the driveshaft and get by with no body at all, theyd probably do it. Instead, someone crafted a very nicely finished two-seater speedster body that puts the driver just ahead of the rear axle on the shortened fire engine chassis. Is that minimal enough for you? Finished in black with gold details, it has a period-correct look about it and the pinstripes emphasize the few body panels that remain. The hood and fenders are original steel pieces, along with the seat, floor, and firewall. A nicely finished rear deck area carries the fuel tank, which feeds the carburetor via gravity. The original nickel-plated Stutz radiator still lives up front, topped by a correct Moto-Meter, while the original headlights use chrome in place of the original nickel which gives a nice, crisp look without the polishing. It isnt until you climb aboard that you can truly grasp the scale of this monster. By the time youre perched in the drivers seat, youre six feet off the ground, and driving this is more akin to a 4-wheeled motorcycle than an automobile. However the seat is comfortable and reasonably supportive, with wrap-around sides to help hold you in place during spirited driving. All the original controls remain in place, from the massive steering wheel to the long gearshift that rows the 4-speed manual transmission. Youll probably be grateful that theres no speedometer, but the oil pressure gauge gives you the important information, along with an ammeter. Power comes from a big 281 cubic inch 4-cylinder engine which makes a modest 52 horsepower. But where this engine shines is torque production, where it will spin the rear tires in first and probably second gear. With pistons the size of quart paint cans, sophisticated (for the time) intake and exhaust systems, and overhead valves, it has all the right equipment, and was built to take abuse. Still nicely finished, the engine has a purposeful look to it and shows very few signs of use since completed. Underneath, theres a frame strong enough to support a locomotive, and a pair of axles that would look at home under a semi-truck. Braking is via rear wheels only but surprisingly effective given the relatively lightweight construction, and the massive wood spoke wheels wear newer BFGoodrich Silvertown tires. Big kids play with big toys, and in the world of collector cars, there arent many bigger than this Stutz. Not only is the workmanship impressive, and still very fresh today, this one comes with a full photo album to document this rare and unique restoration. How many other cars will you come across with such a rare and unique blend of vintage race with a full frame-off restoration and one of the most amazing race stories of all? Call today! This vehicle is located in our Atlanta showroom. For more information, please call (678) 279-1609 or toll free (877) 367-1835.
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