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Mad Project: 1951 Muntz Jet

1951 Muntz Jet

It’s been about 3 years since we last featured a Muntz Jet. That’s understandable though considering the fact that only a couple hundred of these handbuilt beauties were ever produced. Some claim that only about 50 exist today. That kind of rarity can make a restoration difficult and many of these sit in disrepair. That’s a shame too because these were very special cars. Earl “Madman” Muntz was a car dealer who wanted to become a car manufacturer. So, when he saw Frank Kurtis’ Kurtis Sports, he quickly bought the rights, made a few tweaks, and started production. This example was in the same family from 1957 until about 4 years ago. It is in need of some major help, but the finished product would be stunning. Find it here on Hemmings where the seller is asking $38,500. Thanks goes to Dan H for the tip!



    This guy was like Tucker and was ahead of his time. Very cool car but you need some deep pockets to finish this one off.

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  2. Mike H. Mike H.

    Cool? Yes. Valuable? Yeah, when restored it will be. I’m sure that in this condition it’s still worth quite a bit, but I’d think that it would hurt to pay $15k for an almost one-off (you can hardly look at this as a production vehicle) needing a $75k restoration.

    $38,500 seems outrageous. I wish the sellers a lot of luck; an ass for every seat, but you’d think that most of the people who really want one probably either have one already or can’t afford the price of admission.

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  3. Roger Owen

    Looks like a DS19 with mumps…..

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  4. TRP

    The seller is trying to capitalize on a hot collector car market. Shows like GasMonkey, chasing classic cars, etc. make projects like this seem like a no brainer for the uneducated.

    This car doesn’t appear too far gone for someone serious.

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  5. Van

    Didn’t Wayne carini paint one of these purple?

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  6. Bobsmyuncle

    If it wasn’t so rare I’d like to see someone graft a chopped hardtop to it.

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  7. Stephen Hann

    Used to own a Kurtis Roadster, all aluminum body w/ Olds V8. Kurtis looks exactly like this only not as refined. Reported they only built 19 Kurtis cars. Mine was a 1950 I believe.

    Steve Hann

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  8. Jerry

    What car dealer. I believe Mad Man Muntz was a TV manufacturer in Detroit who wanted to build cars. I remember the Muntz factory where he built TVs in Detroit.
    I believe it was on Linwood near Five Mile Rd. in Detroit. “Fienkel”.

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  9. Stephen Hann

    Jerry, the Kurtis Roadster was built someplace in California and was an aluminum body.

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  10. Jerry

    I am talking about the Muntz.

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