A rare chance to roll like the Rat Pack
A rare chance to roll like the legendary group of American entertainers known as the ‘Rat Pack’ has arisen in the guise of a Stutz Blackhawk Coupe once owned by singer Sammy Davis Jr.
Now for sale from car dealer Sydney City Prestige with 88,000 miles (141,600km) on the clock, the 1972 Blackhawk was specifically built for Davis Jnr, including black leather and gold-plated interior. The black-and-gold exterior paintwork was applied in 18 to 22 handrubbed lacquer coats over a six-week period, and the total production time was more than 1500 hours.
Measuring more than 19 feet long, the extra-heavy guage steel body was hand-made in Italy and fitted with the running gear from a Pontiac Grand Prix – a 7.5-litre (455 cubic inches) V8 engine tuned to produce 317kW and 570Nm with a GM TH400 three-speed auto.
Impressively for a 2.3-tonne car of its era, the Blackhawk would accelerate to 100km/h in 8.3 seconds and top out at 210km/h. Fuel use was rather less impressive at eight miles per gallon (30 litres per 100km).
Other famous owners of hand-crafted examples of the Stutz Blackhawk included fellow Rat Pack member Dean Martin (who owned three and crashed his 1972 Blackhawk with vanity plate DRUNKY), plus Lucille Ball, Evel Knievel, Wilson Pickett, Johnny Cash, Erik Estrada, Larry Holmes, Jerry Lewis, Liberace, Willie Nelson, Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, Tom Jones, Billy Joel, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Al Pacino, Wayne Newton and Barry White. The Shah of Iran reportedly owned 12 of them. Each car included a dash plaque naming its original owner.
The Stutz Blackhawk Coupe is at Sydney City Prestige.