1932 Stutz DV-32 Convertible Victoria by Rollston

Ryan Merrill ©2018, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

Many of the finest bespoke creations on Stutz chassis were produced at the Rollston Company of New York City, who, for three decades, was Manhattan’s most prestigious coachbuilder.

Rollston produced an astonishingly diverse portfolio of work, encompassing everything from fleet roadsters to massive town cars, which were all distinguished by exceptional build quality and were priced accordingly.

The Convertible Victoria design was originally developed in Europe in the early 1920s and subsequently popularized in the United States at Waterhouse.

The style is distinguished by a formal top with no rear quarter windows. This provides a sheltered perch for rear-seat passengers when the top was raised.

When lowered, the top would lie flat into a scooped “notch” behind the doors, giving the Rollston Convertible Victoria a smooth, clean contour across the beltline. Long doors and a lowered windshield served to accentuate the length and elegance of the design.

Carl Bomstead

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Carl has been writing for SCM for 19 years. His first article appeared in the February 1997 issue, and at least one of his articles has appeared in every issue since. When he’s not writing, he serves as a National Director for the Classic Car Club of America and tends to his extensive collection of automobilia. He has been a judge at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance for the past 20 years, and he also judges at Amelia Island and other major concours. An extensive number of collector cars have passed through his garage, and a 1947 Cadillac 62 Series convertible and a 1968 Intermeccanica Italia are current residents.

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