The Stutz Motor Company was an American producer of high-performance and premium cars based in Indianapolis, Indiana. Harry C. Stutz started the company in 1911. Since it was the home of America’s motorsport tradition, the Stutz was successful in races on the famous Indianapolis track.
The Stutz Bearcat model was the first American sports car, born out of the company’s racing efforts. This also helped its reputation as a high-performance, luxury brand. Stutz raced in Europe and introduced advanced 32-valve cylinder heads for its engines, which were the first ones on the market. With high-performance hardware and quality construction, Stutz cars won numerous races and broke speed records in the 1920’s.
This helps them to establish the Stutz as one of the fastest American cars ever. However, it wasn’t enough to keep the company alive, so Stutz closed its doors in 1935. In 1968, they tried unsuccessfully to revive the Stutz name with a series of retro-looking custom cars.