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This is the first SUV convertible

The Stutz Bear is a ridiculously rare and obscure oddity

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Stutz Blackhawk

Stutz Blackhawk

Stutz was founded in 1911, producing sports cars and sports luxury cars until 1939, when the Great Recession finally pushed the company into bankruptcy. The company was revived by famous car designer Virgil Exner, producing luxury cars based off of GM vehicles with retro bodywork from 1971 to 1995. Stutz was extremely low-volume due to hefty prices and just 617 Stutzes were produced in the company's 25 years of car production.

In 1984, Stutz diversified in an unexpected and strange way, selling an armored, luxuriously appointed, mildly restyled Chevrolet Suburban exclusively for the Middle East called the Defender. 46 Defenders were converted into convertibles; the convertible model was called the Stutz Bear.

The Bear has the same length, width, height, and ground clearance as the Defender, but has a conventional trunk and roof storage area instead of a third row of seats and a cargo area. Because it has four doors, it can also be described as the first Sport Utility Landaulet. A hardtop model was also made, becoming the first Sport Utility Sedan. Finally, the six-door limousine version I believe is also the first Sport Utility Limousine.

Inside the limousine

Inside the limousine

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