1937 Stutz Pakagecar
Watch a U-Tube video about this 1937 Stutz Pakagecar entitled,
“This Truck Matters” by Historic Vehicle Association. Click here
Long Wheel Base front/side view
Long Wheel base rear engine & door view
1937 Stutz Pakagecar (long wheel base) completely restored and ready for Showing
1937 Stutz Pak-Age-Car
In 1932, Stutz Motor Company bought the Pak-Age-Car Company. The Pak-Age-Car van-truck had a four-cylinder Hercules engine that was mounted in the rear of the truck and was mounted to a rear transaxle. This engine/transaxle unit was easily removable on the slide out frame on which it was installed. These trucks were manufactured in the Indianapolis, Indiana factory until 1937 when the Stutz Company filed bankruptcy. The Pak-Age-Car marketing and distribution taken over by the Diamond T Company, which continued to sell the van-trucks until March 1941, when war preparations took over the Connersville plant. There are approx. 10 Pakagecar (both Stutz & Diamond T models) known to be in existence.
I bought the short wheel base truck around 2005 and had plans to restore it. I have since bought a beautiful 1937 Stutz Pakagecar that has a long wheel base body with rear swing out-doors and is complete with all equipment and accessories. This includes the original wheels and all four hubcaps with the Stutz emblem riveted to them. There is very little rust on the body, the engine seems to be in great shape and I have started the restoration of this truck it will be finished by the end of the 2012 summer.
During the 2011 Show season, Stutz Motor Company was celebrating its 100th Anniversary. Since these vehicles were manufactures in Indianapolis, along with the Marmon Cars, a special event was held at the Indy 500 Race Track Infield during the 2nd weekend of May 2011. The Indy 500 Race was celebrating its 100th Anniversary also so all three organizations combined their efforts to observe their 100th. The Stutz Club of America invited me to bring my Pakagecar to the Show because it is a rare unit and is an important part of the Stutz History.
The Truck body was only half way restored and the engine had only two miles on it since we got it running after sitting around for over 35 years. The truck was drivable but the engine had not been restored and the tires were 35 year old and wouldn’t be replaced until after the restoration was complete. After the 100th Anniversary Show was over the vehicles were invited to drive around the Indy 500 Track. I wasn’t planning to drive around the track because of the age of the tires and the engine was not rebuilt. But after seeing all the other vehicles drive onto the track, I realized that this was a once in a life time opportunity. Besides there were a lot of tow trucks sitting around the track if I had any problems. So I started up the truck and drove it the whole way around the 2.5 mile track successfully. As a matter of fact a photographer from Hemmings Magazine saw me driving around the track and took a picture of the truck. It was in the August 2011 issue article about the 100th celebration.
Stutz as it was shown in Hemmings August 2011.
Stutz as it came across the finish line at Indy 500.
Engine assy. removed and ready to be installed.
Stutz with engine assy. removed for restoration.
In addition to the Stutz Show at the Indy Race Track, The Pakagecar was taken to three other shows in 2011. They were the ATCA Macungie Show in June, The Boyertown Duryea Day Show and the Radnor Concour d’Elegence Show. After the show season was over, we started the process of finishing the truck’s restoration. This work was done between other small work projects that we had in our shop. By the end of September 2012 the truck was finished.
Since October 1, 2012, the Stutz Pakagecar has won some of the following awards and/or received publicity thru some of the following publications:
- Hershey AACA Fall Meet 2012 received Junior 1st Award
- Interviewed by Historic Vehicle Assoc. for a you-tube video
- Photographed and a feature in the AACA Jan/Feb 2012 Automobile Magazine
- Nominated as a candidate for the AACA Jr. Truck of the Year 2012
- Auburn IN AACA 2013 Meet received Senior Award
- Carlisle AACA Meet 2013 received Preservation Award
- Latimore AACA Show 2013 received Repeat Preservation Award
- Nominated as a candidate for the AACA Sr. Truck of the Year 2013
- Lebanon TN. AACAGN Meet 2014 received Grand Nation Junior 1st Award
- Lebanon TN. Divisional Meet received Repeat Preservation Award.
- Nominated as a candidate for the AACA Sr. Truck of the Year 2014
- Philadelphia, PA. Selected as the AACA 2014 National Sr. Truck of the Year