Stutz Bearcat (Mk2)
(1979 to 1995)
The audience's response to the Convertible D'Italia had shown that the clientele needed an open mind. O'Donnell responded with the Bearcat Convertible, a factory-open version of the Blackhawk Coupe. Unlike the D'Italia, the Bearcat, however, was not a full convertible. Rather, it followed the structure of the so-called safety cabriolets,A massive roll bar replaced the B-pillar, providing stability and safety in the event of an accident. Between the windshield and the roll bar was a targa- style plastic hardtop that could be manually removed if needed; The hood behind the roll bar on the other hand was made of fabric and hinged.
The Bearcat was realized between 1979 and 1985 in several versions:
- Initially it was based on the Blackhawk Series 3. Apart from the roof construction, the body of the original vehicle was taken over unchanged. A factory brochure from the year 1979 In a short time about 30 copies of this version of the Bearcat were made.
- When Stutz presented the Series 4 of the Blackhawk coupe in 1980, a cabriolet version of this model, also called Bearcat, was submitted later with some delay. The car took over the cumbersome lines of the coupe of the fourth series and joined them with the roof structure of the previous Bearcat. In total, only seven copies of this version were created. His successor was the Stutz Bearcat II.
The 1988 presented Stutz Bearcat series II replaced the previous models Blackhawk and Bearcat. Its introduction represented the most radical model change in the company's history. The new Stutz was much more compact than any of its predecessors, and contemporary sports car technology worked under the still traditionally shaped body.
The technical basis was now the compact Pontiac Firebird . Its chassis and drive technology were taken over unchanged. The body was made of plastic. Stutz called the material "Diamond Comp" and explained in the first sales brochure the same material is used on US space shuttle vehicles (and) Formula 1 racing cars.
The car was offered exclusively as a convertible; a coupe did not exist for the first time in 20 years. Stylistically, all (now really) classic elements of the newer Stutz models were cited, but they had to be reduced to significantly smaller dimensions, which gave the Bearcat II a very independent, squat appearance. In the interior there was still the known luxury: hand-sewn leather, hand-polished woods, gold leaf pads on almost all visible instruments and levers and much more. The factory brochure described the Bearcat II as "the ultimate fulfillment of the automotive artistic dream" and, after being directed to the production of the car in Italy, tried the car into a tradition of the Renaissance artist To ask Michelangelo .The Bearcat II was sold in the United States for $ 125,000.
A total of 12 vehicles Bearcat II type. At least eight of them were made in 1988, some probably earlier. From 1989 there is no more production. The sale of the vehicles, however, dragged on until the early 1990s. During the year 1995, a thirteenth vehicle is said to have been manufactured from spare parts.
(1979 to 1995)