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Introduced in 1915, the Bulldog offered Stutz clientele Bearcat performance with a more practical body. Intended, and successfully built, as a close-couple touring car for up to four passengers, the Bulldog’s body was exceptionally light, weighing in at just a few hundred pounds more than the Bearcat. Built on a 10" longer wheelbase, the Bulldog featured all the mechanical components of the Bearcat, making it a powerful touring car. Furthermore, the Model K variants boasted continued improvement on the fourcylinder, dual-valve T-head engine. The Bulldog had a very modern appearance with its wire wheels, deep fenders, and low bodylines and therefore proved quite popular. Although ideal for touring, many Bulldogs were actually cut down and modified to be replica Bearcats, further decreasing the amount of remaining cars today.
This particular Bulldog is a strikingly correct and original car. Although the early history remains unknown, it was acquired by the Northwest collector Don Short some time in the 1940s. Although his collection would later include several other Stutz vehicles and an assortment of other Brass and Nickel Era cars, this particular car was his first Stutz and the car that he and his wife, Lynette, owned the longest.
Short was well versed in Stutz repair and enjoyed the Bulldog on numerous tours over his roughly 60-year ownership. At the time the car was sold from the estate, it was noted as a nicely preserved example with some original interior. Given the complete and pure nature of the car, it passed to another Northwest collector with similar enthusiasm for early American cars.
Over the next two years, the Stutz underwent a thorough cosmetic restoration. The Bulldog was painted a handsome combination of black and ochre, accenting the low, long lines of the car. The brightwork was tended to as needed and the chassis and engine compartment were highly detailed. The interior was largely re-trimmed, although any good original panels were left as is. Similarly, a new top was fitted. The car was finished with a correct type rear trunk mounted just between the body and dual rear spares.
The result is a very stout, handsome tourer, befitting of the Stutz legacy and the sporting chassis of the Bulldog. The car has additionally received some mechanical attention and would make for an ideal tour car after some minor preparation. Given the scarcity of a good, pure Bulldog in chorus with its race-bred Bearcat mechanicals, this is a wonderful Stutz for a stable of contemporaries, or as a singular Nickel Era addition to any collection.