• Apr 27, 2006

Our hunt through eBay's automotive treasure trove for rare 1950's cars continues with this 1953 Muntz Jet. Created by Earl Muntz, entrepreuer extraordinaire who earned his fortune plying consumer electronics and used cars. But selling yesterday's iron wasn't enough for the "Madman," so he embarked on creating his dream car-- a process that resulted in the vehicle shown here. Not a one-off 'special' like the other cars we've seen recently, the Jet was actually a serialized production car, though less than 400 units are thought to have been manufactured between 1952 and 1953.

Unusually, all Muntz Jets are in fact removable hardtop convertibles. Designed by Frank Kurtis of Indianapolis and dirt oval motorsports fame, the Jet made use of both Lincoln and Cadillac V8 drivetrains, depending on when the model was built. This particular example is powered by the former, and has been restored in plum metallic and white leather.

Estimated to be perhaps one of 50 surviving Jets, this rare bird has been bid to more than $58,000 as this is written, but has yet to crack its reserve.

[Source: eBay]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      #2 You're showing your age, Mad Man Muntz, we had one of those TV's, my dad used the remote (me) a lot to make adjustments while he sat back and watched.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Sure see a lot of Hudson Hornet in the styling.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I saw one of these a year or two ago. The picture doesn't really show it too well, but these are smallish, low slung cars. I looked up the specs and in size they are about the same size as a Honda Civic. I think they look like a French influenced Corvette.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Saw a pink one on US 19 here in Clearwater 6 or 8 months ago. Muntz TVs were heavily advertised back in the '50s and electonics geeks used the name "Muntz" as a synonym for junk.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Gary BLomquist => Wow, thanks for the design reference. Found this Hudson after your comment, another awesome 50's styling:
      http://www.hubcapcafe.com/ocs/pages01/huds5203.htm
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wild. Saw one of these on the 5 South this past Sunday, a red one with white top. Saw it in my rearview mirror but couldn't place it. In person, they are seriously low to the ground. Damned nice.