The Muntz Jet may never have been had Earl Muntz not paid a 1950 visit to Frank Kurtis’s workshop to check out a custom-bodied Buick. There, he noticed an aluminum-bodied sports car that Kurtis sold as the Kurtis Sport, available to customers in kit form, or with a flathead Ford V-8, or, for additional money, with the drivetrain of the buyer’s choice. Muntz was quick to realize the potential of such a car with consumers, though his vision was heavier on luxury than Kurtis’s own. Seizing the opportunity, Muntz bought the rights to, and the tooling for, the Kurtis Sport, and began producing cars from a California workshop in 1951.
To diversify his product offerings, Muntz turned to Frank Kurtis’s original design and began producing Muntz Jet roadsters. Like the original, these utilized a 110-inch wheelbase and provided seating for driver and passenger only, but in keeping with Muntz’s luxury aspirations, retained the Lincoln V-8 mated to an automatic transmission. Just four of these Muntz Jet roadsters were known to have been built before the Muntz Car Company ceased operation in 1954.
Article courtesy of Hemmings Daily, written by Kurt Ernst.