History of Kurtis

The American company "Kurtis", specializing in the production of cars for racing, was founded in 1935 enthusiast Frank Kurtis. However, the first model of the brand was represented only in 1937 and was named Kurtis Kraft 500. The car was designed for racing 500 miles of Indianapolis, but after a number of failures with application in 1938 and 1939, Frank Kurtis was forced to postpone his idea until better times after the start of the Second World War.

His second attempt he managed to take only in 1948, building a model Kurtis Kraft Sports, sports car for private riders who took part in the race in the team. In 1952, after the Foundation of the world championship Grand Prix and the inclusion of the most famous American race Indie 500 in the overall standings, Kurtis building a new car, which successfully takes part in this race in the period from 1953 to 1959, won 2 won. In 1954, was presented model Kurtis Kraft Sports 2, intended to participate in the world rally championship, where riders team "Kurtis" has managed to win five victories on separate stages.

By the end of the 50s the company "Kurtis" was considered a leader of the American market for the manufacture of the sports racing cars, but Frank Kurtis was forced to send for the debts of all its previous models in the hands of creditors, remaining practically nothing. In 1961, he attempts to establish the production of commercial vehicles, but this effort also fails and Frank Kurtis was forced to leave the automobile business.

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