Fundamentally a road-going race car, the Bearcat was developed from Stutz's Indy racer which came 11th in 1911 at the very first Indy 500. The race car inspired Harry Clayton Stutz to start production, and he was clever in the design of his Bearcat, make it lightweight and with good weight distribution to make the car handle, albeit it had standard wooden 'cart' wheels, though wire-spoked rims were optional. The Bearcat had a basic but strong twin rail design, and used the engine solid-mounted to make it a stressed member, a trick that's still used in racing cars today. The gearbox was mounted at the rear as part of the transaxle, helping offset the huge cast-iron engine's weight up front. The car could easily cruise at 60mph (96km/h), making it the supercar of its day. In 1915 Erwin 'Cannonball' Baker crossed America in one, doing 3,700 miles (5,953km) at 13.7mph (22km/h), without proper roads.
Stutz Bearcat (1914) Specifications
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