Another reader reveals own rare '23 Stutz

So, you think there's only one 1923 Stutz seven-passenger touring car left? One reader begs to differ: he owns one!
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This rare '23 Stutz touring car has seen a lot more
daylight than the one discovered in the A.K. Miller
collection. It is routinely driven by its owner.

Editor's Note: One of the nice things about Old Cars Weekly is knowing that when someone believes they may have found the 'one and only' of a particular car, the readers will be there to fully vet the statement and set the record straight. Such is the case recently with an article that ran in OCW about a rare 1923 Stutz seven-passenger touring car found in the A.K. Miller collection. Miller, described as an eccentric recluse, had a trove of prized Stutz motorcars stashed away on his Vermont property. The rare '23 touring was one of them. Although the article did not state that it was the one and only, there was a presumption that it was. Then, along came OCW reader Gus Ludwig. Here's the letter he sent to OCW about one more Stutz:

I am responding to the article “Rare 1923 Stutz Touring Uncovered” in the April 16 issue of Old Cars Weekly.

The opening sentences says the 1923 Stutz seven-passenger touring car featured is believed to be the only known surviving example. However, I own such a car and have enclosed a photograph.

My Stutz is well known in the Stutz Club and was the only Stutz to complete the approximate 250-mile Stutz Club Tour in North Canton, Ohio, in 2007. The Stutz Club was invited to display the cars of club members at the Glenmoor Gathering at the conclusion of the tour.

My car is in excellent running condition and has an 88-hp, 360-cid T-head engine with a 4-7/16-inch bore by 6-inch stroke. It was the highest-horsepower car sold in 1923 with four valves per cylinder, dual ignition and trans axle. Most of the cars of this type were converted to Stutz Bearcat speedsters. Only 124 four-cylinder Stutzes were sold in 1923, according to “The Splendid Stutz” book, published by the Stutz Club. Also, 1923 was the first year for the left-hand-driving Stutz, being the last American car to change to right-hand steering.

I thought you would find all of this information interesting.

Gus Ludwig,
Bloomington Springs, Tenn.

To read the previous Stutz article that appeared, CLICK HERE

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