This Kurtis 500KK would have run in the ’54 Carrera Paramericana, but the Devil was busy that weekend. Who else, after all, could pull off driving a car as sinister as this? Built by legendary Indycar builder Frank Kurtis, 500KKs earned numerous successes in sports car races of the period and even won the 1954 SCCA B Championship. These 500KKs, however, were typically bodied in fiberglass and didn’t possess the looks of this car, which was bodied in aluminum by Cal Metal shaping. And what a body it is. Long flowing fenders terminate in sculpted rear haunches. The rear end is highlighted by a faired-in headrest. The cockpit is surrounded by a low acrylic racing screen. All of the metal, wire wheels included, wears two-stage Sikkens black paint and looks mean from every angle. Below the European influenced bodywork lies a torsion bar suspension and a S.C.O.T supercharged Chevy straight six mated to a three speed Ford transmission. The combination is visually striking and, when paired with the extensively cross-drilled and hole-punched components and chassis, is said to be quite fast as well. Something to keep in mind when not admiring the Road & Track “Car We Would Most Like To Drive” award won at the 2009 Quail Motorsport Gathering and the “Amelia Award” won at the 2011 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. Find the Kurtis for sale here on Fantasy Junction’s website in Emeryville, California for $695,000.
Satan’s Sports Racer – 1954 Kurtis 500KK
June 21, 2012 by 2 Comments