Harry Stutz became a roaring
success in a single day with a car that became a legend during
the Roaring 20s.
In 1910 the Indianapolis Speedway announced plans
for the first 500-mile automobile race in history... and Harry
Stutz recognized an opportunity to gain a foothold in the auto
industry. He conceived the idea of building a car that could
be tested for the first time in the difficult 500-mile run
and in just five days delivered his vehicle to the raceway.
Aware of the race's prestige and promotional potential, Stutz
figured that a place in the top 10 would bring acclaim...plus
thousands of dollars worth of free advertising.
Stutz's Bearcat finished 11th, but his goal was
realized when his creation was cheered as the car that made
good in a day. This performance opened the opportunity for
Stutz to establish his company and to achieve a brilliant racing
The Bearcat's reputation as the vehicle of choice
for wild youth brought success, and set the trend for using
the automobile as a statement of personal style.
Founded the Stutz Motor Company in 1910 and
produced the legendary Stutz Bearcat
Was instrumental in creating the Stutz Fire
Engine Company and the H.C.S. Motor Car Company in 1919
Formed the Stutz-Bellanca Airplane Company