I am always excited when I get a call back to Old Iron Works to photograph one of their amazing cars. This one was even more special than normal though, as the car on the list was none other than the prized 1930 Stutz Model M Supercharged Coupe by Lancefield. One of only a few ever made, it is currently the only known survivor of its type. In absolutely flawless condition, it is really a sight to be seen.
We traveled back out to Old Iron Works this past week, this time to photograph a beautiful 1932 Stutz DV-32 Convertible Victoria. The original Stutz name was applied to the company that produced very high end cars for the wealthiest Americans, starting in 1911 and ending in 1935. It was a real competitor to Duesenberg, who also sold some of the best American cars that money could buy for the time. The “DV” in the name stands for “dual valve”, and represents the 32 valves in the overhead cam straight eight cylinder engine. Freshly restored about 4-5 years ago, this model is a gorgeous example, and probably one of the best remaining in the country.
I was contacted by a local collector a few weeks ago about photographing his personal collection at his shop in Montgomery, Texas, about an hour north of Houston. He has a great collection of classic cars, including many Stutz models that I’d yet to see in person before. He wanted the look of a studio set, but wasn’t able to move the cars from their current collection, so I had to get creative to achieve the desired look. I bought seamless white backdrop paper from Houston Camera Exchange and used clamps from Lowe’s to securely attach the paper to the ceiling tile grid, making a poor man’s version of a “studio”. Paper was also run along the floor to create a seamless look. Here are some behind the scenes shots, taken with my iPhone.