My Car Quest

August 17, 2022

The Kurtis 500KK

by Mike – 

Frank Kurtis, the American founder of Kurtis-Kraft, designed and made some great race cars, including midget cars, quarter-midgets, sports cars, sprint cars, Indy cars, and Formula One cars.

Kurtis 500KK

1954 Kurtis 500KK at The Quail in 2009

Kurtis started making race cars in the 1930s. He made five Indy 500 winners in addition to many winners in other classes. He made and sold complete cars and kit cars as well.

The car shown here is a 1954 Kurtis 500KK that I saw at The Quail, A Motor Sport Gathering in 2009 in Carmel, California. There were only about 60 500KKs made.

This Kurtis 500KK is now for sale at Fantasy Junction at a price of $695,000. Most of these cars had fiberglass bodies but this example is one of the rare aluminum bodied Kurtis 500KKs.

Kurtis 500KK

Kurtis 500KK

Fantasy Junction says this:

“This particular car is the 51st example built and is surely one of the most unique examples, with a stunning custom one-off aluminum body by Cal Metal Shaping and unusual supercharged 235 cid Chevrolet inline-6, which was custom-built by “California Bill” Fisher. The car retains its original major components including engine, drivetrain, chassis, and body. It has known history from new, is very thoroughly documented, and has been restored to award-winning condition.”

My thanks to Mike Clarke for letting me know that this car is at Fantasy Junction.

Frank Kurtis had a lot in common with Giotto Bizzarrini.

The chassis below is an original Kurtis 500KK chassis that recently sold on eBay for $25,100. This chassis is in new condition and has never been used according to the seller.

Kurtis 500KK



  1. Very interesting car with high build quality no mention of this car is made in Gordon White’s Kurtis book what a surprise

    Kurtis also made midgets, boats and a rocket sled for the government!

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