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Kurtis Kraft

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Kurtis Kraft was a designer and builder of race cars. The company was founded by Frank Kurtis. Kurtis Kraft designed and built midget cars, quartermidgets, sports cars, sprint cars and Champ Cars.

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Kurtis 500 emblem.

Kurtis Kraft was started when Kurtis built his own midget car chassis in the late 1930s.

Kurtis built some very low glass-fibre bodied two-seaters sports cars under his own name in Glendale, California between 1949 and 1955. Ford (US) running gear was used. About 36 cars had been made when the licence was sold to Madman Muntz who built the Muntz Jet. In 1954 and 1955, road versions of their Indianapolis racers were offered.

Kurtis-Kraft created over 550 ready-to-run midget cars, and 600 kits and 120 Indianapolis 500 cars, including five winners.

Kurtis sold the midget car portion of the business to Johnny Pawl in the late 1950s, and the quarter midget business to Ralph Potter in 1962.

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The Kurtis 500 Body was one of the earliest versions of the Kurtis Roadster built by the Kurtis company. This photo shows a 1958 Kurtis 500, with Frank and Arlen Kurtis standing alongside. (Photo courtesy of Darryl Clarke, via )

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Kurtis Kraft ad for the 1941 Kurtis Buick Special.

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Kurtis-Kraft racing and sports cars sign. (available at )

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Kurtis Kraft T-Shirt available at .

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Kurtis Kraft decal.

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1953 Chrysler-powered Kurtis 500s.

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