1932-1936 Stutz DV32

1932 Stutz DV32 Super Bearcat convertible, part of the 1932-1936 Stutz DV32 line of collectible cars.
1932 Stutz DV32 Super Bearcat convertible

Stutz couldn't afford a multi-cylinder engine for the 1932-1936 Stutz DV32. After experimenting with supercharging, the company instead designed a new 32-valve head with double overhead cams, deleted the eight's twin ignition, and wrung 43 extra horsepower out of the 322 cubic inches.

High-priced coachwork for the Stutz DV32 soon included the short-wheelbase Super Bearcat, which was initially fitted with an artificial leather Weymann body. It would do 100 mph with ease, but even sedans could cruise effortlessly at 70 and approach 90 mph.

In 1932, the previous four-speed gearbox was replaced with a three-speed Muncie unit and freewheeling. This was installed on all Stutz DV32s.

Pluses of the 1932-1936 Stutz DV32:

  • The great name of Stutz
  • The heritage of a thoroughbred
  • Engineering exotica
  • Splendid coachwork
  • CCCA Classic status

Minuses of the 1932-1936 Stutz DV32:

  • Extremely scarce
  • Very expensive
  • Mechanically complex
  • Very difficult engine parts situation

Production of the 1932-1936 Stutz DV32:
Under 200

Specifications of the 1932-1936 Stutz DV32:
Wheelbase, inches: 116.0/134.5/145.0
Length, inches: Variable with body style
Weight, pounds: 4,538-5,420
Price, new: $3,795-$5,895

Engines for the 1932-1936 Stutz DV32:

dohc I-8 (4 valves per cylinder) 322.0 cid
161/156 1932-1936

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