Lot 159

2021   |   Pebble Beach Auctions

1931 Stutz SV-16

From the Stephen P. Dean Collection


$50,000 - $75,000| Without Reserve



Car Highlights

A Rolling Example of Stutz Mechanical Genius
145" Wheelbase Chassis Suitable for Custom Coachwork
Equipped with a DV-32 Head and Schebler Updraft Carburetor
Restored and Displayed at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance® on Two Occasions
Offered with Its Unrestored LeBaron Convertible Coupe Body

Technical Specs

322 CID DOHC Inline 8-Cylinder Engine
Schebler Updraft Carburetor
Estimated 156 BHP at 3,900 RPM
3-Speed Manual Gearbox
4-Wheel Lockheed Hydraulic Drum Brakes with Booster
Front Solid Axle and Rear Live Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs
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David Brynan

Presented here is a rolling example of the mechanical genius that made Stutz a revered name in racing: a restored SV-16 chassis from 1931. Originally fitted with a LeBaron Convertible Coupe body, and believed to have been in California since the 1950s, this car was acquired around 1994 by Stutz enthusiast Stephen P. Dean who restored the chassis to show quality. Upon completion, it was invited to participate at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance® on two occasions: first in 2002 as part of a special class of display chassis and then again in 2011 in recognition of the Stutz centennial.

The frame is painted dark blue and nicely detailed, employing the longer 145" wheelbase suitable for custom coachwork. The chrome radiator shell serves as a focal point to this stunning mechanical display which comes complete with four painted wire wheels and blackwall tires. The chassis includes gearbox, steering, suspension, and brake components, plus fuel tank and exhaust system. The SV-16 engine has been fitted with the DV-32 four-valve-per-cylinder head as well as a Schebler updraft carburetor. Ancillary equipment includes intake and exhaust manifolds, water pump and distributor, and the unrestored LeBaron Convertible Coupe bodywork accompanies the sale.

This chassis would serve as the ideal platform for a complete restoration of the Convertible Coupe or it could be presented as is, serving as the centerpiece of any collection celebrating mechanical artistry.