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1952 Muntz Jet 

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Country State / Province City / Town Zip / Postal Code
United States FL Ft. Myers 33916

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1950-69 Post-War

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Convertible: N/A
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The Muntz Jet was one of those interesting "shoestring" cars that sprang up in the late 40's and early 50's, when many believed that a dream and a little money were all it took to make it big in the auto business. The dreamer here was Earl "Madman" Muntz, an irrepressilbe radio/TV manufacturer whose wild-and-wooly advertising also made him Southern California's largest-and most flamboyant-used car dealer. Muntz's cars actually originated with Frank Kurtis, the famed designer of winning race cars. The powertrain was anything the buyer wanted, though V-8's (Ford) with Edelbrock manifolds and heads were fitted to most examples. But Frank's was a small company building cars by hand, so sales were slow and profits were sparse. After building just 36 cars through 1950, Frank sold the company to the "Madman" for $200,000.00. Earl set about making the car more saleable, retaining the basic styling but adding 13 inches to the wheelbase, a back seat and many more conveniences. This meant extra weight, so Cadillac's engine was substituted for the Ford flathead. The result was America's first high-performance personal-luxury car. Muntz called it the Jet. Curiously the Cadillac V-8 was ditched for Lincoln's flathead, albeit modified to produce 154bhp via soild lifters. The GM Hydra-Matic was made standard. The Lincoln powered models could do 0-60 in a tick over 12 seconds and 108mph. Even Earl didn't seem to know for sure, but it's estimated that 394 Jet's were built; of these, at least 49 survive today. This is car No. M203 with a very low windsheild, beautful Black Cherry Paint with white interior. According to the Muntz Registry this car was driven by Robin Williams in the 1992 Movie "TOYS".

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