- The famous Bearcat is considered the best known of all American sports cars.
- The first Stutz, designed and built in just five weeks, finished 11th in the 1911Indy 500 race without mechanical adjustment or repair.
- This success led to the company slogan, “The Car That Made Good in a Day.”
Born in 1876, Harry C. Stutz grew up near Indianapolis, Indiana, and in 1903 he became sales engineer at the Schebler Carburetor Company. In 1904, as chief engineer at Marion Motor Car Company, Stutz designed the American Underslung and the Marion automobiles. In 1911, he formed the Ideal Motor Car Company where he began to make his first Stutz racing automobile. In 1913, he changed the company name to the Stutz Motor Car Company and began production of his most famous automobile, the Bearcat, probably the best known of all American sports cars.
The first Stutz automobile was designed and built from the ground up in just five weeks and was entered in the annual Indianapolis 500 race on May 30, 1911, with Gil Anderson at the wheel. The Stutz finished 11th after covering the course in 7 hours and 22 minutes, without mechanical adjustment or repair. The average speed was 67.73 mph, only a few miles an hour slower than the winning Marmon’s speed of 74.59. This success spawned the company slogan, “The Car That Made Good in a Day.”
Stutz Motor Car Company production declined sharply after 1930 and no new models were introduced. Its last active year was 1934.