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1947 KURTIS-OMOHUNDRO COMET AMERICA’S FIRST POST-WAR SPORTS CAR

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  • Body Type: Convertible
  • Year Built: 1947
  • Trans: Manual
  • Fuel Type: Gas
  • Ext color: Red
  • Int color: Tan

Hand Crafted One-Off Car

Nearly Two Years in Conception, Design, and Build (1945-1946)

Designed by Frank Kurtis – America’s Legendary Race Car Builder of the ‘40s and ‘50s

Coachbuilt by Comet Industries – Owned by Paul Omohundro who was Kurtis’ Friend and Partner on Building Race Car Bodies for Kurtis-Kraft.

All Aluminum Body

A One-Off Automobile with Substantial Provenance – Proven Attention Getter at Every Venue

Investments in Coachbuilt, One-Off Cars Have Proven Track Records

The First True American Sports Car Built After World War II, This “One of a Kind”Coachbuilt by Frank Kurtis of Kurtis-Kraft and Constructed with and All Aluminum Body by Paul Omohundro and His Drop Hammer Tooling Company, “The Comet Company” of Las Angels CA.

This was one of the Sportiest Cars on the Roads of Southern California at the Time, and Helped Establish Frank Kurtis as a Leading Sports Car Designer, Engineer, and Coachbuilder in the Classic Tradition.

Its Appearance Inspired Designers and Builders to Create Their Own Versions of Postwar Sports Cars Reflecting the Return to a Carefree, Extroverted Style of Living Which Southern California Residents Became Well Know, and Which Was Widely Emulated all Across America in the Postwar Era.

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Museums and Exhibitions: 

2008-2009: Tampa Bay Automotive Museum, Pinellas Park, Florida 

2009-2010: Petersen Automotive Museum’s Exhibition on “California Car Design” 

2010-2012: Sarasota Classic Car Museum, Sarasota, Florida 

2012-2013: LeMay Automotive Museum in Tacoma, Washington 

 

Concours d’Elegance Appearances: 

2009: Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, Amelia Island, Florida 

2012: Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Pebble Beach, California 

2012: Kirkland Concours d’Elegance in Tacoma, Washington 

2013: Milwaukee Masterpiece Concours d’Elegance, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

 

Awards, Recognition, and Distinction: 

First Documented Sports Car Built in America After World War II 

Received “The Bridgestone Award for the Most Elegant Sportscar” at the 2009 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance 

Feature Car For All Promotion and Publicity for Petersen Automotive Museum’s exhibition on California Car Design,” 2009-2010 

Feature Car For Inaugural Year Display at the LeMay Automotive Museum in Tacoma, Washington, 2012-2013 

Feature Car for All Promotion and Publicity for the Milwaukee Masterpiece Concours d’Elegance 2013 

10 Page Full Feature in Motor Trend Classic Magazine – Spring 2013

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