1952 Muntz Jet convertible

Courtesy of Bonhams

In 1950, Earl Muntz bought Indy car builder Frank Kurtis’s design and all the tooling for a 2-seat sports car and renamed it the Muntz Road Jet.

Muntz stretched the Kurtis “sports car” 13 inches to add room for a back seat. The styling was simple but streamlined. With an unerring eye for exposure, he made sure the Muntz Jets were visible, choosing bright paint hues and flashy contrasting interiors under removable Carson-style padded hard tops.

Offered here is what must be one of the best-restored Muntz Jet convertibles available anywhere. The car received a full nut-and-bolt restoration, neatly documented by an abundance of receipts that can be found in the car’s history file.

With wild fabrics and a faux-snakeskin-clad interior and hard top, this historic Americana classic was shown at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in 2014, and remains in beautiful condition throughout.