Frank Kurtis' 1941 Buick

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A photo of the Kurtis Buick Special from The Kustomrama Photo Collection. The back of this photo is stamped April 17, 1951. Photo courtesy of Sondre Kvipt - Kustomrama.
The "Kurtis Buick Special" was the forerunner for the Kurtis Sports Car.
The Kurtis Buick Special as it sat when it was advertised for sale at the upcoming Labour Day Auburn Collector Car Auction in September 2011.[1] Photo from ASJCollectables
Photo from ASJCollectables
Photo from ASJCollectables
Photo from ASJCollectables
Photo from ASJCollectables
Photo from ASJCollectables

1941 Buick Roadmaster owned and restyled by Frank Kurtis.The car is known as the "Kurtis Buick Special", and was the forerunner for the Kurtis Sports Car.[2] Frank bought the car after it had been totaled with less than 500 miles on the odometer. After acquiring the car, he stored it away until 1946. In 1946 he began the build. Frank designed and built this car for himself and it became his personal driver. He discarded the complete Buick body and kept only the chassis. A four passenger convertible body was hand formed out of aluminum panels over a steel tubing framework. The cowl and windshield frame were custom aluminum casting. The grille was built from tubing, and the car was fit with a removable padded top. The build was completed in 1948, and it looked quite futuristic compared to the rest of the prewar designed cars of Detroit. Frank drove the car regularly, including a trip to Indianapolis in 1948. In 1949 he advertised it for sale in Motor Trend. The ad was snapped up by Earl Muntz who went on to buy out the Kurtis Sports Car Assembly line.[3]

September 1 thru September 4, 2011 the Kurtis Buick Special will be auctioned away at the Labour Day Auburn Collector Car Auction.[4]

Magazine Features

Custom Cars Trend Book No. 101


  1. Auctions of America - 1941 Kurtis Buick
  2. Custom Cars Trend Book No. 101
  3. Special Interest Autos August 1980
  4. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named aka


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