Supercharged Kurtis Nash 500M: Bob Christie’s Carrera Panamerica Sports Car

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Hi Gang… What a great story and fantastic fiber car of yesteryear – and it survives today as a beautifully restored sports car. Gordon White wrote of this car in his 2001 book, Kurtis-Kraft: Masterworks of Speed and Style, and … Continue reading

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Build Yourself a Kurtis Style Chassis: Hot Rod Magazine, July 1954

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Hi Gang… If you were going to build a chassis for your fiberglass bodied sports car back in the ‘50s – why not build one designed by Frank Kurtis?  Frank made it easy for everyone interested.  If you wanted to … Continue reading

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The Salem GMC Kurtis Byers SR100: John Furlow’s Restored Beauty (Sportscar Specials, Trend Book 178, 1958)

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Hi Gang… The clamor to share more of the history of John Furlow’s “Salem GMC Kurtis Byers” has been heard.  Today’s article is from the ’58 book by Motor Trend called “Sportscar Specials” – authored by Bob Rolofson. Let’s see … Continue reading

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To “Meteor” Or Not To “Meteor” – That’s The Question: The Simpson – Karow Special

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Hi Gang… Well here’s an interesting fiber car from the mid ‘50s.  Rick D’Louhy and I looked at this article.  I said “Meteor” and Rick said “Not.”  Click here to review stories about Dick Jones’ Meteor SR-1. Maybe we’re both … Continue reading

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Kurtis-Kraft Sports Cars: Sports Cars Trend Book #130 (1956)

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Hi Gang… This is an interesting book because of it’s date – 1956.  It gives us a window into what was still happening in terms of fiberglass sports cars and other interesting facets of automotive history at the time.  Here … Continue reading

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GMC Under Glass: The Dick Lane Sorrell SR100 With A Kurtis 500KK Chassis Too!

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Hi Gang… Now we’re talking! A Sorrell SR-100 with a powerful GMC six cylinder….Kurtis 500KK chassis….flip front for easy access….who could ask for more?  Not many.  And I’m sure this would have been considered an idea build in all the … Continue reading

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Chassis Up Guys! Get Yours While They Last….The 1953 Kurtis 500 KK Frame: Hop Up, October 1953

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Hi Gang… Consider what it must have been like at the start of building of your own sports car back in the early 50’s.  I imagine many conversations went something like this…. “Hey!  Check out this cool Victress/Glasspar/Woodill/Meteor/Byers/Allied body I … Continue reading

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The Debut of the Kurtis 500-M: Press Release December 15th, 1954

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Hi Gang… Rick D’louhy and I can’t stand ambiguity. Smoke and mirrors are not our friend.  Conjecture and wild tales while fun – cause irreparable harm to the truth.  Clear, precise, first-person facts are what we’re after, and that’s one … Continue reading

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The Cars of the Milwaukee Masterpiece: Ben Warren’s Kurtis Kraft 500 M

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Hi Gang… As promised earlier, I’ll show “more” and talk “less” about each of the cars that appeared at the Milwaukee Masterpiece Concours d’ Elegance on August 28th, 2011.  Click here to read more about the success of vintage ‘glass … Continue reading

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The Kurtis 500 M (McCullough) Debuts – One Fast, Smart Cadillac Powered Special For 1955

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Hi Gang… Let’s talk Kurtis. Frank Kurtis worked for Don Lee, a famous and successful Cadillac dealer in 1930’s California, and created some of the first custom cars in prewar America.  He also built race cars back then, and that’s where his … Continue reading

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