Old Cars is turning 50. In honor of 50 years of the privilege of bringing the old cars hobby to our valued and faithful readers, Old Cars will revisit 50 of our past featured cars in 50 days, to commemorate the half-century of Old Cars. Here's to fifty more years of Old Cars!
DAY TWENTY-NINE: 1929 Stutz Model M
Other than a penchant for Stutz motor cars and ownership of one of the marque’s most impressive examples, Richard Mitchell has little in common with gold-burying hoarder A.K. Miller. Mitchell remains a true gentleman, willing to share his Stutzes from the show floor of Old Iron Works, his Montgomery, Texas restoration shop, to concours fields across the country. The secretive Miller, on the other hand, was remembered by those best acquainted with him as an arrogant cheapskate that probably basked in his mystery, and enjoyed taunting collectors with the promise of a glimpse at his Stutzes.
The story of A.K. Miller is legendary, even outside of Stutz collecting. The Vermont collector was born in 1906 and developed a taste for fine cars — what would be considered Classic cars today — and began gathering them when they were used cars. Commensurate with his frugal ways, Miller stored his valuable collection in dirt-floor wood sheds and lean-to’s on the primitive East Orange, Vt., farm he shared with his wife, Imogene.
Although great Peerless, Cadillac and Rolls-Royce cars passed through Miller’s hands, it was Stutz he preferred.
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