Restorer32

Is this barn find a Stutz?

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Just kidding. We were asked to pull this car out of the shipping container in which it has slumbered for the last 20-30 years. It was built in the 1960's by a fellow from Baltimore. Helped that he owned a sheet metal/machine shop. He also had a few properly restored cars back in the day, mostly Model A's and Chryslers. As these things go this one has better styling and execution than most. Cadillac engine, Skylark wheels. Our job is to make it road worthy again. Not sure what to call it, Resto-mod, hot rod, rat rod, tribute car? Anyone from the Baltimore area remember this thing ?

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It's very much over built. The hood panels are at least 14 gauge steel. I am surprised that it was actually finished. Many of these homebuilts never seem to get completed.  According to family members it was driven quite a bit.

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Stutz ? Say whaaat ? STUTZ ? I dunno........................         Maybe take a lesson from the SSK that Gary Ash brought to our attention down yonder and call the thing a DV32 !     -   CCV8 

 

 

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My dad would call it a Heinz, 57 different varieties went into its making.

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The only thing I dislike are the way to small wheels and those hideous ww’s

i would sell them fancy wheels to pay for the proper sized wires with black walls and re shape the rear fenders. JMO

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I'm with you on that. Also, just what Cadillac engine powers that "thing" ?    -   Carl 

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Rolls-Canardly. Rolls down one hill and Canardly get up the next ha ha old joke. I would call it a speedster or replica. You could have a lot of fun with a car like that if you don't take it or yourself too seriously. In any case it is an expression of one man's taste and may be worth preserving .

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Interesting but I don't care for the top treatment at the rear of the passenger area.

Would look better to have a metal body panel across the back of the rear seat and not have the top material come all the way down.

 

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What model series is the chassis? AA, BB, M, MA, MB, LA, LAA?  How much is still original Stutz powertrain?

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Nothing there is Stutz! That is the Clark Car. I remember it from the owners garage from over 40 years ago, his last name was Clark and he built it from various parts. I had always wandered what happened to that car. As I remember it had a Mack truck radiator shell, Cadillac engine, Model A fender and who knows what else. I believe it was registered and titled as the Clark Car. I will forward this thread to my friend that lived there and dated his grand daughter.

 

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Alex D.

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Didn't Johnny Cash write a song about a car like that?  

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DING DING DING... We have a winner. It is indeed the one and only CLARK CAR

 

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1 hour ago, Restorer32 said:

DING DING DING... We have a winner. It is indeed the one and only CLARK CAR

 

What are the plans for the Clark Car? Does the Clark family still own it ? In the past I had asked my friend if he had any contact with his old girlfriend and if he had any way of locating the car.

Wow! how excited I was when I saw that picture.

 

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If Clark had been Clark Gable and Bowman & Schwartz built it church bells would be ringing and there would be dancing in the streets.

 

I'd put a couple doors and a boat tail on it myself.

 

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18 minutes ago, 60FlatTop said:

If Clark had been Clark Gable and Bowman & Schwartz built it church bells would be ringing and there would be dancing in the streets.

 

I'd put a couple doors and a boat tail on it myself.

 

And if a bull had udders it would be a cow.

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Still owned by the same family. It is here to be made mechanically reliable and safe before a decision is made as to how far to go with a "restoration".

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The car looks the same as it did 40 some years ago when I saw it last, well preserved. You opened up a time capsule.

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On 10/21/2019 at 2:29 PM, 8E45E said:

I wonder what it would be worth in parts!!?!

 

If those are genuine Borrani wire wheels as used on the Skylark, one can sell them for a good price, considering what genuine Borrani re-pops cost: https://www.borrani.com/buick-skylark-borrani-wheels-1950-54.html

 

Craig

Sidenote:  Borrani never originally made wire wheels for the 53 and 54 Buick Skylarks (optional until I believe 1958) - they were Kelsey-Hayes brand; and if Borrani did make a Skylark wheel it was for some auto show car and close to a one off. 

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26 minutes ago, John_Mereness said:

Sidenote:  Borrani never originally made wire wheels for the 53 and 54 Buick Skylarks (optional until I believe 1958) - they were Kelsey-Hayes brand; and if Borrani did make a Skylark wheel it was for some auto show car and close to a one off. 

It may have been for the one-off showcar, but either way, they were unique to the Skylark, and still might be worth a lot on the market.  

 

I'll still stand by stating that homebuilt is probably worth more in parts.

 

Craig

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6 minutes ago, 8E45E said:

It may have been for the one-off showcar, but either way, they were unique to the Skylark, and still might be worth a lot on the market.  

 

I'll still stand by stating that homebuilt is probably worth more in parts.

 

Craig

It has a limited value, but probably more than you think merely for the fact that someone finished it and it is pretty close to being able to hit the road again - plus it has a decent enough look (actually, I like it and would have a lot of fun with it). 

 

And, yes a set of rust free/non-pitted set of Buick wires are always worth decent money - I see them all the time being restored at Dayton Wire Wheel. 

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You are confusing "monetary value" and "sentimental value". Obviously  the current owner values it enough to preserve it and make it road worthy. Beware the Philistine who knows the price of everything but the value of nothing. Of course  it's not worth much money but that is not how we are are evaluating it.

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I traded all my sentimental valuables for self satisfaction value. It's a liberating feeling!

 

Ever watch the antiques roadshow? I keep telling my wife that there is someone out there really placing a great value on an item the owner is going to take home and put in a drawer for another few decades.

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