The Volo Auto Museum has come up with another outstanding collector car so rare that you may have never heard of them. It is a Muntz Jet. Reknowned designer Frank Kurtis had given up his dream of building an American sports car. Then well-known car dealer and electronics entrepreneur Earl “Mad Man” Muntz bought the license for Kurtis’ design. Muntz fancied himself quite a salesman and believed he could build an automotive empire based on the popularity of his sports car. He called the car the Muntz Jet. They were manufactured in Chicago. Only about 400 of these cars were built from 1951 through 1954. Muntz himself admitted he was losing about $1,000 a car just to build them. They were expensively hand crafted to a high detail. He did however do a good job of promoting the Muntz Jet. They were owned by celebrities and movie stars of that era. Although it was a four-seater, performance was impressive with top speeds of 120 miles per hour recorded.
This car has been SOLD.
Today the Volo Auto Museum has posted a 1952 Muntz Jet (shown above right) for sale. It is thought to have been owned by TV star Martha Ray. It has the Lincoln V8 with dual carburetors that Muntz used as a substitute for the early Cadillac engine. It also has GM hyramatic transmission. They say the German-made canvas lift off top has been restored at a cost of $13,000.
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