The first automobile in the Guyton Collection, acquired in 1970
One of the earliest surviving examples of the Safety Stutz
Quite innovative for the era; an ideal basis for restoration
Green over black exterior with black interior and leatherette roof
287 CID SOHC straight eightcylinder engine with dual Zenith carburetors, nine main bearings and two spark plugs per cylinder
Threespeed manual transmission
Centrally lubricated chassis with an underslung worm drive and Timken fourwheel hydrostatic drum brakes
Wireglass shatterproof windshield, reinforced running boards
Sporty, lowslung and attractive sedan coachwork
Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) Full Classic
Documentation on this Stutz is extensive. It has the original Series AA information book, printed in February 1926; the original Stutz Advance Catalog; two period Stutz advertisements; an original set of fold images The Splendid Stutz; a verticalfold brochure; a manila folder with a copy of the owners manual; original bill of sale dated August 29, 1970; vehicle registrations; receipts; a binder of multiple correspondence, ads and more
Quite probably one of the rarest production cars to come through MotoeXotica Classic Cars recently is this 1926 Stutz Model AA Vertical Eight Brougham. This was the first classic car collected by Fred Guyton of St. Louis, Missouri in 1970 and is one of the earliest known surviving examples of the Safety Stutz. Now, it represents an ideal platform for a complete restoration.
Made at Stutzs Indianapolis, Indiana factory, the cars green over black exterior paint is in good, original condition, as are the glass panels and lights while the bodywork remains solid and straight. Brewster & Company of Long Island, New York handled the coachwork on this Stutz. The cars leatherette roof with Victoria irons mounted aft of the Dshape side windows, is in similar good, original shape. Mimics of those irons appeared on limousines, many other luxury and near luxury makes for the next 60 years or so. The side windows have clear wind deflectors installed, too. The cars engine bay is tidy while the doubletiered chrome bumpers are in good, original condition.
This Safety Stutz rolls on Gulf Heavy Service tires, size 6.0020 and each tire is mounted on bodycolor artilleryspoke wheels. The wheels and tires are all in good, original order. At the rear is a US Royal Fleetway tire, size 6.5020 but theres no wheel.
Under the hood is Stutzs 287 CID SOHC inline eightcylinder with dual Zenith carburetors, nine main bearings and two spark plugs per cylinder. Backing this motor is a threespeed manual transmission. Innovations included a centrally lubricated chassis with an underslung worm drive and Timken fourwheel hydrostatic drum brakes. Other advanced features include a wireglass shatterproof windshield and reinforced running boards.
Inside, the black front and rear bench seats are in good, original order while the carpet is another reason this car is a restoration candidate. The wood beam headliner still looks gorgeous and bears a plaque from July 22, 1961, when the car participated in the Seventh Annual Antique and Classic Car Club in Butler County, Ohio. The fourspoke and woodrimmed steering wheel looks great. The instrument panel with its wood paneling and full complement of StewartWarner gauges, is in very good overall order while the inner door panels are in good, original shape. In back are a wide foot rest for rear passengers and a bar affixed to the back of the front seat over which travelers could put blankets, coats, hats, scarves and mufflers.
Hungarianborn Frederick E. Moscovics arrived at Stutz at the end of 1925. As the new general manager, he was given a clean sheet of paper and over $1 million to transform Stutz. He quickly scrapped the existing models and commissioned a completely new car known as the Vertical Eight with Safety Chassis.
The Safety Stutz of 1926 was the first American production car to be equipped with engineeredin safety features, including a lowered center of gravity, fourwheel hydraulic brakes, a wireglass shatterproof windshield, narrow windshield pillars for increased visibility and reinforced running boards that would protect against sideimpact collisions. The body sat low on the chassis, because a Timken wormgear differential made it possible to mount the drive shaft below the rear axle.
Fred F. Guyton began his automobile collecting in 1970 at Classic Cars, Inc. of Mount Zion, Illinois, which offered this 1926 Model AA Vertical Eight brougham, a design developed for Stutz by Brewster & Company, the famous Long Island coachbuilders. It remained in his Masons Garage museum ever since, a remarkable span now extended to almost 50 years.
The car shows evidence of having been repainted over the original color, a pale blue, and a leatherette top covering and black vinyl upholstery installed, probably prior to 1961, when the car was driven by its thenowner in a parade in Hamilton, Ohio. It retains much of its original trim hardware, inside and out, including, significantly, the original wired safety glass windshield. The interior features beautiful woodwork, including the original skeleton wood headliner and handsome inlaid door caps. Some deterioration of the bodys structural wood was found upon close inspection, although a restoration specialist may be able to stabilize it.
Overall the car could be extensively freshened, both cosmetically and mechanically, for use as a caravan automobile but is perhaps best suited to a full restoration something that Fred F. Guyton had long intended, and which would result in a significant Stutz indeed, as one of the earliest surviving examples of one of the Roaring Twenties greatest designs.
Today, this is widely considered one of the most innovative automobile designs of the early Classic Era and the survivors are still fiercely sought after by enthusiasts of the marque.
Documentation on this Stutz is extensive. It has the original Series AA information book, printed in February 1926; the original Stutz Advance Catalog; two period Stutz advertisements; an original set of fold images The Splendid Stutz; a verticalfold brochure; a manila folder with a copy of the owners manual; original bill of sale dated August 29, 1970; vehicle registrations; receipts; a binder of multiple correspondence, ads and more.
Competition to this Stutz in 1926 included Auburns 888 Series, Cadillacs Series 314 Sedan, Chryslers Imperial Sedan, Duesenbergs Model A, Lincolns Model L, PierceArrows Model 33 and the corresponding Packard series that year.
This early Safety Stutz example is a rare jewel of an automobile in need of a restoration by someone who can appreciate it for what it is, a unique Roaring 20s car that was ahead of its time in many way and from a brand well probably never see the likes of again. Visit MotoeXotica Classic Cars today, to check out this 26 Stutz
This car is currently located at our facility in St. Louis, Missouri. Current mileage on the odometer shows 14,213 miles. It is sold as is, where is, on a clean and clear, mileage exempt title. GET OUT AND DRIVE
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