Stutz Blackhawk 1969 Pre-Production Prototype Prototype #1 1969 # 276579 P 147588
The Stutz Blackhawk was built on a Pontiac Grand Prix chassis, chosen for the GP's engine placement far back on the frame. In 1969 GM introduced a new 'A-special' platform with an exclusive 118 inch wheelbase which was later named the G-body. So the Stutz Blackhawk started life in the United States as a Pontiac Grand Prix. It was then shipped to Italy to be converted into a Stutz Blackhawk. Only the engine and transmission were kept as the body was stripped away and a new body and coach work added - by hand - not machine, to transform the car into a Stutz Blackhawk. The very first Stutz Blackhawk prototype was produced in 1969. The Stutz-founder, Mr. James D. O'Donnell, drove this car. Mr.O'Donnell bought the first Pontiac Grand Prix on October, 1st, 1968 that was shipped to italy and converted into the very first 'Stutz' prototype.
Above, the interior of the Pontiac Grand Prix as purchased by Mr. James D. O'Donnel on October, 1st, 1968.
Above, the interior Elvis Presleys Stutz Blackhawk prototype on display at Graceland.
Above, Copy of Mr O'Donnel's check to purchase the Pontiac Grand Prix.
Above, Copy of the 'Certificate of Title' for the Pontiac Grand Prix.
In late 2002, James D. O'Donnel's brother sold the car to Mr. Greg Ryckman. Mr. Ryckman has owned several other Stutzes before he bought this dream, the very first Stutz that was ever built...
In 2004, the car was sold at auction, to a Mr. B. Kavcic.
Below, The 1969 Stutz Blackhawk pre-production prototype, on display 2007.
The 1969 Stutz Blackhawk pre-production prototype, on display 2007
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