Thursday, November 15, 2012
1972 Stutz Blackhawk
The Stutz Blackhawk was produced from 1971 through 1989 by the revived Stutz Motor Company. The company had been resurrected by a New York banker named James o'Donnell.
The Blackhawk was designed by the legendary Virgil Exner and prototyped by Ghia. It made its debut in January of 1970 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.
By the time production ended, an estimated 500-600 examples had been produced.
The engine in the 1972 Stutz Blackhawk was a modified Pontiac 455 cubic-inch unit that offered an astonishing 430 horsepower. Zero-to-sixty took about 8.4 seconds with its maximum speed achieved at 130 miles per hour.
By Daniel Vaughan
An American luxury car, the Blackhawk was introduced in 1971 until 1987 by the Stutz Motor Company. Designed by Virgil Exner, the Blackhawk was prototyped by Ghia for more than $300,000. Unveiled at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City in January of 1970, the Blackhawk was met with excited response. Approximately 500-600 units ad been manufactured by the end of production in 1987. In 1972 the MSRP for the Blackhawk was sold for $23,000 and the following year it was sold for $43,000.
The steel body of the Blackhawk was hand built by Torina, Italy. The overall length measured more than 19 feet long, and the production model used Pontiac Grand Prix running gear, Pontiac's 7.5 L V8 engine and a GM TH400 automatic transmission. The engine was tuned to produce 425 hp and had 420 lb/ft of torque. Weighing 5,000lbs, the Blackhawk could achieve 0-60mph in just 8.4 seconds and had a top speed of 130 mph. Later on during its production period, Blackhawk's used Pontiac's 403 and 350.
The design of the Blackhawk by Exner came with a spare tire that protruded through the trunklid and separate headlights. Inside the Blackhawk were gold plated trim and birds-eye maple. The original Blackhawk models were coupes, but eventually sedans were produced. The Blackhawk was completely redesigned in 1980 for the Pontiac Bonneville chassis.
Elvis Presley was the first to purchase the original production vehicle, and he eventually bought four more. Other elite owners to own the Stutz Blackhawk included Evel Knievel, Sammy Davis Jrs. Larry Goulet, Dean Martin, Wilson Picket, Robert Goulet, Larry Holmes, Jerry Lewis, Billy Joel, Lucille Ball, Elton John, Al Pacino, Frank Sinatra, Paul MCartney and many more influential people. Each vehicle included a dash plaque that named its original owner.
By Jessica Donaldson
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