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Stutz Specialshow at Retro Classics Cologne
November, 15th to 18th, 2018
Cologne, Germany
 

At the Retro Classics Cologne we will have the chance to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Stutz Motor Company.
Most European car enthusiasts haven't heard of these cars, most likeley never have seen one of these rare cars.

In August 1968, James D. O'Donnell founded the new Stutz company, to honor the prewar make, and to being able to offer an American luxury car, designed by former Chrysler designer Virgil Exner, based on an American drivetrain, bodied by Italian coachbuilders.
October, 1st, 1968, the very first donor-car, a 1969 Pontiac Grand Prix, was bought, shipped to Italy, and rebodied by Ghia to be the first Stutz Blackhawk Coupe.
In January 1970, the car had its first appearence at the Waldorf-Astoria-Hotel. The car stayed with the founder of the comany until his death.
The second Blackhawk was sold to Elvis Presley... the rest is history... until 1988/89 about 600 Stutzes were built.

At Cologne, Germany, visitors will have the chance to see 14 (!) Stutzes, plus a bonus prewar-Stutz.
At least one of each "basic" models will be on display! (This never happened before, not even at one of three Stutz Meets in the USA!)



 
 

1928 Stutz Blackhawk

One of the original Stutzes.
The quality of these cars started the myth of Stutz,
the car that made good in a day, the safety sportscar.
Stutz was the most successful car at LeMans, until Ford won that race with the legendary GT40.

James D. O'Donnell founded the new Stutz Motor Company, in 1968.
Reviving the famous name.

1971 Stutz Blackhawk

A very special Blackhawk, built at the Carrozzeria Padane.
This car was at the first Stutz Meet, back in 2004, at Graceland.
In 2017 it was sold to a German owner, and so this car has the chance to be part of the Stutz Specialshow at RetroClassics Cologne.

1972 Stutz Blackhawk

A completey renewed model was presented for 1972.
No split windshield anymore.
The only Blackhawk model with a small window behind the door, and with the standard Pontiac rear-bumper.
Only available in 1972.

1973 Blackhawk

For 1973 the Blackhawk series was again modified.

This car was modified by the former owner, adding double sidepipes, and police-car-style front-bumper.
A rare original detail is the clock in the center of the steering wheel.

1974 Stutz Blackhawk

Only small details were changed during 1973 to 1979.

This car attended the second Stutz Meet, in 2005, later it was sold to Romania, and is now part of a German collection.
Now, the car has the chance to attend another Stutz event,
on a different continent!

1974 Stutz Blackhawk

This model shows the Chevrolet Vega taillights,
a feature that only 1974 Blackhawks had.

1975 Stutz Blackhawk

This Stutz comes from a collector in The Netherlands.
He will also show his 1988 Bearcat II.

1977 Stutz Blackhawk

The first owner of this Stutz was Curd Juergens.
Now located in Switzerland.
The car has no sidepipes anymore, the only way to get it streetlegal...

1978 Stutz Blackhawk

This Stutz only had one previous owner, he kept the car all the years in almost perfect shape.
The second owner, Mr. Stutz, started his Stutz collection with this one.
He will show his unique Victoria at the show, too.

1985 Stutz Blackhawk

When Pontiac downsized the Grand Prix series, Stutz had to find a new base for the Blackhawks.
It's quite easy to identify these late Blackhawks, the proportions are quite different, the taillights are above the bumper, the front shows the indicators as part of the bumpers, and of course the engine compartment is smaller.

1983 Stutz IV-Porte

The new base for the Blackhawks caused that Stutz now was also able to offer a sedan.
This car has just about 2000miles on the odometer.

1984 Stutz Victoria

The IV-Porte was replaced by the Victoria, that showed a little more length, causing a little more space for the rear-passengers.

This special Victoria is the only one equipped with sidepipes, which were standard on the shorter IV-Porte.
Another special detail: This car was sold in 2017 by Stutz to its first owner, it was new-old-stock!

1985 Victoria

Another Victoria, this one without any sidepipes, comes from The Netherlands.
Less than 10 Victorias are known to exist, so it's a great pleasure to have two at the Show!

1988 Stutz Bearcat II

The last model produced by Stutz, the Bearcat II, only 13 cars were built, and Mr. O'Donnell himself sold two of these to the collection of the Sultan of Brunei.

This car was sold new to a German customer,
his son will show it at Cologne.

1988 Stutz Bearcat II

Another example of the Bearcat II will be shown a Cologne!
The body is made of "Diamond Fiber", as the material was called by Stutz, today it's just called "carbon", so back in 1988 it was a revolution in building car bodies.

This car was sold in 2017 to its first owner in The Netherlands.

For more info, please visit the official homepage of the organiser of this event.

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