1952 Muntz Jet Roadster / 52M230 Vehicle Information

1952 Muntz Jet photograph

1952 Muntz Jet photograph

1952 Muntz Jet photograph

1952 Muntz Jet photograph

1952 Muntz Jet photograph

1952 Muntz Jet photograph

1952 Muntz Jet photograph

1952 Muntz Jet photograph

1952 Muntz Jet photograph

1952 Muntz Jet photograph

1952 Muntz Jet photograph

1952 Muntz Jet photograph

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Roadster
Chassis #: 52M230
Sold for $117,600 at 2020 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island Auction.
The Muntz Jet was produced by the Muntz Car Company in Glendale, California from 1949 and 1954 with approximately 198 examples built. Some consider the Jet to be one of the first Personal Luxury cars. The car was developed from the Kurtis Sports Car that was designed by Frank Kurtis and produced and marketed by Earl 'Madman' Muntz of Muntz car radio fame.

Frank Kurtis had started building an aluminum-bodied two-seater sports car in 1949 and a year later he sold the operation to Earl Muntz. Following some changes, including extending the wheelbase to 113 inches and adding rear seats, he began selling the car which he called the 'Muntz Jets' for $5,500. Muntz later admitted that he lost roughly $1,000 per car. He also claimed that 394 cars were built, however, research has revealed that less than 200 examples were completed by the time the operation closed in 1954. The first 28 examples were built in Glendale, California before the operation was moved to Evanston, Illinois.

This is one of the later Muntz Jets built, bearing number 52M230. It is powered by a 1951 Lincoln Flathead engine coupled to a General Motors Hydra-Matic transmission.

Many celebrities owned Muntz Jets and this one is believed to have been the personal car of Hollywood icon Grace Kelly. The first known owner was Russell Gindlesperger of Levittown, Pennsylvania, who owned the car from 1963 until 1990. A.F. Long of Mays Landing, New Jersey acquired it in 1990 and then sold it to Ed Malkinski of Carlsbad, California. The Jet was restored by Malinski in 1991 and sold to Chuck Swimmer of San Diego in 1999. Bill Warner purchased it from Swimmer in 2001 and has retained the car for nearly two decades.

While in Mr. Warner's care, the car was reconditioned by Werner Meier's Master Works in Troy, Michigan, with a fresh engine built by Gary Johns Engineering of Hilliard, Florida, and equipped with a triple-carburetor setup by Bill Jagenow of Brothers Custom in Troy, Michigan. The engine also received Edmunds heads, which took Mr. Warner 14 years to locate. The Muntz also features a removable Carson-type top and a white iguana-skin-patterned vinyl interior with a rare Muntz tape deck. The car is finished in House of Colors purple with just a hint of metallic.


Provenance *
* Please note, dates are approximate

2020 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $100,000-USD $125,000 
Sale Price :
USD $117,600

1952 Muntz Jet Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1952 sales)
1952 Muntz Jet
Chassis#: 52M230
Sold for USD$117,600
  2020 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island Auction
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1952 Muntz Jet Convertible
Chassis#: 52M195
Sold for USD$35,750
  2019 Mecum : Monterey
 
1952 MUNTZ JET CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: M134
Sold for USD$165,000
  2016 Bonhams : Quail Lodge
1952 Muntz Jet image  1952 Muntz Jet image  
1952 Muntz Jet Convertible
Chassis#: 5ZM232
Sold for USD$82,500
  2010 RM Auctions - Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook
 
1952 Muntz Jet Convertible
Chassis#: 52M–246
Sold for USD$117,000
  2009 Bonhams - Quail Lodge Resort and Golf Club
1952 Muntz Jet image  1952 Muntz Jet image  
1952 Muntz Jet Period Custom
Chassis#: 52M246
Sold for USD$134,750
  2007 Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona
 
1952 Muntz Road Jet Convertible
Sold for USD$68,900
  2003 The Florida Collector Car Auction
 
1952 MUNTZ JET CONVERTIBLE
Sold for USD$57,200
  2001 Barrett-Jackson - Petersen Museum 2001
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1952 Muntz Jet's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1952 Muntz Jet Convertible 2010 Mecum Kissimee Auction$70,000  
1952 Muntz Jet52M2322009 Sports & Classics of Monterey$85,000$120,000$160,000

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