Stutz seals Kentucky honours


A fabulous 1929 Stutz Model M Lancefield Coupe from the Mitchell Collection in Texas won the coveted Best of Show award at the ninth Keeneland Concours d’Elegance from 19-22 July.

Purchased new by the Woolworth brothers and bodied by Lancefield Coachworks of London, the Stutz is the only Lancefield coupe to be supercharged and the sole survivor of five built. It was restored by Old Iron Works of Montgomery, Texas, and also won its class, Coachbuilt Classics.

"We were all amazed by this sinister-looking car," said Keeneland Concours co-chair Tom Jones. "It faced some tough competition, but won out for its rarity and the exquisite detail of the restoration."

The Stutz was one of more than 100 examples of automotive history from across the USA that headed to Keeneland Race Course in Lexington for the static show and Tour d’Elegance along scenic Kentucky back-roads. The featured marque for 2012 was Packard, with proceeds raised by thousands of visitors benefiting the Kentucky Children’s Hospital.

The 10th Keeneland Concours is scheduled for 18-21 July 2013, when the focus switches to the Ford Mustang, ahead of its 40th anniversary celebrations in 2014. For further details, visit the website.


Chris Martin

Looks like a nice car, but I notice, yet again, the fitment of brightly (pprobably chrome) plated wire wheels.
While this is common practice on vintage cars at American concours events, and usually frowned on by serious restorers elsewhere, can anyone state with authority from what year these would have been available, and therefore appropriate - surely later than 1929, and at what time would chrome plating have replaced nickel?
Chris M.


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