1974 Stutz Blackhawk: Luxury Defined

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The Stutz Blackhawk was the car of music legends, movie stars and other royalty that had to have the flashiest wheels in town. The brainchild of a financier who endeavored to resurrect the Stutz nameplate, they were once opulent and expensive but can now be found cheaply as projects. Listed here on eBay, this Blackhawk in Texas is $9,500 – a far cry from its original price tag.

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Though later examples of the Stutz suffered the same fate as other malaise-era vehicles with big engines and low power, this example predates that trend and has a Pontiac 455 engine with some decent thrust on board. 425 bhp and 420 ft. lbs. of torque was needed to move this 5,000 lb. Stutz to 60 in a leisurely 8.4 seconds. The seller claims this one runs, but will need the carb rebuilt and new brakes before you drive it far.

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The interiors were quite luxurious, and this one appears to be in average-to-good condition. It has everything you could want, including Connolly leather seating surfaces, burled walnut trim (or is that bird’s eye maple?), a leather dash and even a liquor cabinet in the rear! If you buy this Stutz, you’ll also receive a period-correct CB radio, certainly a nice feature if your idea of Stutz ownership involved long, lonely expanses of highway travel.

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When new, owners could spec out some other nice bits, like a limited-slip rear end fake side-exit exhaust pipes. Of course, if you buy this Blackhawk, the first thing you should do is search for a suitably-opulent spare tire to store on the trunk lid as this car’s has gone missing. I used to consider the Stutz downright offensive, but they’re growing on me – if for no other reason than you won’t lose yourself in the mall parking lot. Thanks to Barn Finds reader Charles H. for the find.

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Comments

  1. Frankie Paige

    If it’s good enough for Bill “blaze” Blazejowski then it’s good enough for me.

  2. L.M.K. Member

    I wonder who the original owner was?

  3. Mr. TKD

    I imagine you could do a VIN search to run down the car’s history. What I’m wondering is where you would find the parts needed to restore it? If you can find that grill, I bet you’re gonna have to bring a Brinks truck to pay for it.

  4. jim s

    this one is sold but there is another one for sale on Ebay that has a grill.

  5. The Chucker

    “Mr. Liberace, your car is ready sir.”

  6. Jason Houston

    Move the decimal point a couple to the left and you’ve got what a typical GM car of the 70s is good for: nothing.

    • Mark S Member

      I know you and I don’t often agree Jason but in the case of this car you have nailed it. this thing is faker than a 3 dollar bill. This thing brings a stain to the stutz name. Now that I’m done bashing this car can any one tell me if this is a Buick century platform, it looks like one to me.

  7. HeadMaster1

    These early ones with the big blocks had trunks lined wit real mink fur……..awesome, I want one

  8. Charles

    Luxury without quality does not mean much.

  9. Dennis M

    It would certainly take considerable effort to design a more ugly dashboard!

  10. John

    They did a shitty paint job!

  11. grant

    I always thought theses looked like a Chrysler Cordoba after it had been left in the company of someone way too flamboyant.

    • Walter Joy

      Is the interior as good as the Corinthian leather?

  12. OhU8one2

    Way to gaudy for me. I know that Elvis and Dean Martin each had one. Still to this day they are ugly. If I remember right they cost the same as a Rolls Royce if not more for the time. I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I would take the Poncho motor,and part out the rest. Lord knows there is people out there needing white trash,hillbilly auto part’s. Bubba git me my adjustable wrench and my hammer. And take that screwdriver outta your back pocket,ya know this leather is from England.

  13. Sukey

    Crush it and forget that cars like this ever roamed the earth

  14. Charles H.

    They are just a customized Pontiac Grand Prix.

  15. Barry T

    Ugly in 1974 and still ugly in 2015.

  16. Dolphin Member

    I can understand a guy wanting to modify something to make it his own, and maybe even make a few bucks doing it.

    My own problem is, I’m trying to think of a custom luxo ’70s/’80s US car that I like.

  17. krash

    Ah yes…something from the Superfly/John Shaft era….

    ….and the poor buyer just received the Super-Shaft…

    ….now “he’s a bad mothah (SHUT-YO-MOUTH)”…

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