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Lot 19
1930 Stutz Blackhawk Roadster


Selling on Wednesday


• Handsomely unrestored, including original paint and interior
• Classic Stutz styling
• Recent mechanical freshening
• Fully recognized CCCA Full Classic®

241.5 cid OHV inline six with twin ignition and Zenith carburetor rated at 85 HP, four-speed constant mesh manual transmission, semi-elliptic leaf spring suspension with hydraulic dampers, four-wheel hydraulic vacuum boosted drum brakes; wheelbase: 127.5”

The companion car movement of the late 1920s gave rise to some excellent cars. By simply reworking a few trim pieces and using different colors, Detroit’s car builders were able to offer some snazzy motorcars with great names like LaSalle, Marquette, Roosevelt, Viking and Lafayette to name a few. Although these were certainly great cars, their timing couldn’t have been worse. The crash of 1929 brought the economy to a virtual standstill and before it was over, not only were many of the companion cars gone, but their parent companies were as well. So it was with the Blackhawk; a car built as a junior to the great Stutz. Selling for a bargain price and offering everything the company had in their high-end eight-cylinder car, the Blackhawk featured solid engineering and European styling in a slightly smaller package. Things looked bright with a respectable 1,310 sold for 1929, but a dismal 280 cars were produced for 1930 marking the swan song for the Blackhawk. After just two years in production, the Blackhawk flew off into the pages of history and became just another car in the Stutz line up.

Offered here is a remarkably preserved illustration of this two-year wonder with a 1930 Blackhawk Roadster that, after almost nine decades, still wears its original paint and interior. The barn-find movement is currently all the rage in the collector car world and this Blackhawk literally defines the word. It carries just enough patina to show its remarkable state of preservation, but its colors are still bold and vibrant enough to exhibit its classic heritage. The origins of this Blackhawk began in a central Massachusetts estate from what was reported to be the original owner and was parked for many decades, which accounts for its incredible state of preservation. Starting at the front, the Blackhawk used a tall and massive grille that was flanked by two huge headlamps. The hood ornament is a work of art with a rendition of the Egyptian sun-god Ra wearing a traditional Egyptian helmet complete with a serpent head that was similar to that worn on the headdress of King Tutankhamun. An ultra-low windshield gives a hint that this is no ordinary car and this Blackhawk is also equipped with cowl lamps and side-mounted spares. Riding on a 127.5-inch wheelbase, its dramatic length is accented by sweeping fenders and running boards. Front and rear bumpers are tastefully designed with a biplane design that’s both functional and stylish. As a roadster, rear passengers are treated to open air touring in the rumble seat. This Blackhawk rides on wire wheels that are color-keyed to the beltline on the body. The interior is also original with shark skin printed leather upholstery, with seating surfaces repaired only as neccessary and all gauges are intact. As a matter of necessity, the steering wheel is huge, making this roadster a pleasure to drive. Power for this Blackhawk comes from an overhead valve inline six with 85 horsepower. The engine compartment is as original as the car itself and components are intact and accounted for. This Stutz has been mechanically refreshed with over $25,000 being recently spent with the plan that the car can successfully take on long tours and frequent outings without issue.

The Blackhawk represents an interesting chapter in automotive history, as many car builders thought that the market could handle another marque; the Great Depression proved them wrong. The brief two-year tenure of the Blackhawk meant that a great car was almost within reach of the average buyer, but it was not to be. This Blackhawk is a stellar example of a highly original car. It is a fully recognized Classic Car Club of America Full Classic® making it eligible for many prestigious events. It's the ideal, get in and drive and turn heads car. It will be the talking point of enthusiasts, everywhere you go. Rarely do such honest examples come to market.

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