1974 Stutz Blackhawk Coupé

After a hiatus spanning over three decades, the once-renowned Stutz brand made its comeback in 1967 under the stewardship of New York banker James O’Donnell. This revival saw the introduction of the inaugural Bearcat model, marking the resurgence of the marque. In 1970, the Pontiac Grand Prix-based Blackhawk followed suit, boasting design inputs from retired Chrysler and Studebaker stylist Virgil Exner. These vehicles featured bodies crafted in Italy by Carrozzeria Padane, later transitioning to Carrozzeria Saturn (with Carrozzeria Ghia handling the prototype).

Initially powered by a modified Pontiac 6.5-liter V8, the Blackhawk offered transmission options including a GM Turbo-Hydramatic automatic or a three-speed manual gearbox. Production initially focused on Blackhawk coupés before expanding to include convertibles and sedans. By 1972, the power output surged to an impressive 431 horsepower with the adoption of Pontiac’s 455ci (7.5-liter V8) engine. Priced at $24,500, the Blackhawk commanded a premium, surpassing the cost of a Cadillac Eldorado by more than threefold.

Throughout its production, which spanned seven generations until its conclusion in 1987, the Blackhawk saw the utilization of engines sourced from Ford and other General Motors vehicles. By the end of its production run, an estimated 500 to 600 Blackhawk vehicles had been manufactured. The top-tier D’Italia convertible version, priced at $129,500, earned the distinction of being touted as “the most expensive car sold today” in its time.

Source: Bonhams