1951 Muntz Jet Roadster Vehicle Profile

1951 Muntz Jet photograph

1951 Muntz Jet photograph

1951 Muntz Jet photograph

1951 Muntz Jet photograph

1951 Muntz Jet photograph

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Earl Muntz was flamboyant. Outrageous. A huckster nonpareil. A born tinkerer, serial entrepreneur, and irrepressible wheeler-dealer too. He built a radio at eight and owned a used car lot by 20, though his mother had to sign the paperwork as he was too young to write his own deals. At 27, he headed for fame, fortune, and the bright lights of LA.

Earl soon owned several used car lots and an alter ego, 'Madman' Muntz, an outrageous, zany rapscallion shouting from billboards and ubiquitous radio commercials, 'I buy 'em retail, sell 'em wholesale.' Wacky stunts and oddball commercials made him both famous and wealthy. Then, against all conventional wisdom, there was Earl Muntz, auto industrialist. Frank Kurtis, a well-known race car builder had designed an ill-fated aluminum-bodied sports car. Muntz bought him out and suddenly, the faux-crazy, used-car salesman was an automobile magnate. The newly rechristened Jet now sported a back seat, rear console bar, and 112 mph top end courtesy of a Cadillac V-8. Its wild colors and exotic interiors of alligator and leopard skin appealed to the Hollywood set.

Though stylish and elegant, it failed. Muntz advertised, 'My prices are so cheap, I lose money on every deal, but make it up in volume.' Unfortunately, this was true. He lost $1,000 on every car and by 1954 the doors closed. 394 Jets were sold; 49 are known to exist today. This car was the second Jet built and was featured regularly in publicity shots with Muntz. The current owner rescued it from a Chicago junkyard and paid the grand sum of $60.


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Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1951 sales)
1951 MUNTZ JET CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: M125
Sold for USD$50,000
  2014 Mecum - Monterey
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1951 MUNTZ JET CONVERTIBLE
Sold for USD$41,000
  2001 Kruse Auction - Auburn, IN
 
1951 MUNTZ JET CONVERTIBLE
Sold for USD$75,900
  2001 Barrett-Jackson - Scottsdale 2001
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1951 Muntz Jet's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1951 MUNTZ JET 2007 Silver Auction Arizona in January   

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