Elvis Presley Stutz Blackhawk prototype : Repairs
On October 9, 1970, Elvis purchased a Stutz Blackhawk. This car was a pre-production prototype with the full producion model released in 1971. Unfortunately, this first Blackhawk car was involved in an accident on July 1, 1971 and the front was heavily damaged... Elvis sent Sir Gerald, his L.A. chauffeur out to have the car washed and it ended up in an accident. After that, Elvis put it in storage. car washed and it ended up in an accident. After that, Elvis put it in storage. Repairs to the car were not completed until the early 80s. Mr. O'Donnell, the founder of the new Stutz company helped to restore the car'. But being a prototype original parts were not available so the radiator grill and the front lights fitted are not original. (They used head-lights of a 1961 Imperial.) As this car was a prototype we don't consider it a '1971' model.
The photos below show the car after the repairs.
As mentioned above, they used head-lights of a 1961 Imperial, as you can see on the photo below. Because the car was a prototype the exact same parts where not available.
Above a 1961 Imperial.