2023 |Amelia Island Auctions
1971 Stutz Blackhawk Series I
Coachwork by Carrozzeria Padane
$250,000 - $275,000
One of 14 Surviving Split-Windshield Series I Examples of Just 25 Built
Hand-Built Coachwork by Carrozzeria Padane
Iconic Design by the Incomparable Virgil Exner
Fanatically Detailed Restoration Featuring Fitted Luggage Set
Likely the Finest Restored Example of This Important Modern Classic
460 CID OHV V-8 Engine
Single 4-Barrel Carburetor
425 BHP at 4,800 RPM
3-Speed Automatic Transmission
Front Disc, Rear Drum Brakes
Front Independent Suspension with Coil Springs
Rear Live-Axle Suspension with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs
In December 1963, Esquire magazine published an influential article in which four remarkable automotive “Revival” renderings were presented by design genius Virgil Exner. One such design was a Stutz concept that would become the Blackhawk. The first hand-built cars, priced at an incredible $25,000, were manufactured on a Pontiac platform by Carrozzeria Padane in Modena as 1971 models.
Only the Pontiac chassis and mechanicals were used, while the Blackhawk Series I body was constructed entirely by hand and fitted with a luxurious leather and wood interior. It was true to Exner’s original concept with its dual-pane windscreen and dramatically overhanging fender tips. After just 25 Series I Stutz had been built, it was necessary to dramatically cut costs and subsequent series Blackhawks lost the classic proportions and delicate details of the originals. Just 14 of these rare Series I cars have survived and, according to the consignor, this example is believed to be the 17th built and the one that was exhibited at the 1971 New York International Auto Show.
The current owner purchased the car in 2011 and completed an eight-year restoration, including a blueprinted and dyno-tested engine rebuild. A deep battleship gray was selected to accentuate its extraordinary design and details. Presented today as one of the most accurately and authentically restored examples of the Blackhawk Series I, it stands as a testament to its designer, builder, and the unrepeatable style of the 1970s.