About Last Week's Mystery Car

Last Week's Car
So it seems that last week’s Mystery Car went unsolved. Either that or the comments system ate the correct response. Whatever, I’m sure that some of you would like to take another swing at that one, so here it is on all its – albeit blurred – glory. I can hear the forehead slapping and choruses shouting Of Course! from here.
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  1. Kiefmo Avatar

    I want to guess, but looking at that image makes my stomach turn…
    Have at it, folks — I'm sure someone can look at it long enough to know what it is.

  2. dukeisduke Avatar

    I still don't know what the hell it is. Some kind of Daimler? It looks like it has sliding doors, like a Kaiser Darrin.

    1. DClan Avatar

      Not sliding, recessed with external hinges. Look how the top of the door meets with the top of the fender/base of windshield. It's the fender intake vent that's throwing me.

    2. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
      Peter Tanshanomi

      But it's not a Darrin, and it's not a Z1, which are the only sliding door roadsters I know of.
      But then again, I'm an idiot.

  3. CJinSD Avatar

    1954 Kurtis 500M with a Cadillac 331 ci engine.

  4. CJinSD Avatar

    I posted this earlier, but don't see my comment. It is a 1954 Kurtis 500M with a 331 ci Cadillac V8.

  5. CJinSD Avatar

    Is there a new comment policy? I keep having my comments disappear. 1954 Kurtis 500M with 331 ci Cadillac power.

    1. King of Eldorado Avatar
      King of Eldorado

      I'm curious about those weird doors. A quick check of Google images does not show any photos with the door open, but in a couple of them it looks like there are regular hinges at the front edge of the door; i.e., not sliding? Maybe it's just a cut-out to channel airflow to the rear fender vents? Good job in identifying it!

  6. CJinSD Avatar


    1. ReneM Avatar

      I'm seeing your comment now. It appears only those logged into intensedebate were the ones being shown.

  7. Dean Bigglesworth Avatar
    Dean Bigglesworth

    Ah, so it's not a green Polonez. The front has a bit of a Ferrari 250 vibe to it..

    1. ReneM Avatar

      Personally I see Thunderbird in that front end but the rest no.

  8. CJinSD Avatar

    1954 Kurtis 500M with Cadillac 331 ci v8

  9. DClan Avatar

    <img src=https://images2.bonhams.com/image?src=Images/live/2009-07/08/7882377-1-1.jpg&width=640&height=480&halign=l0&valign=t0&autosizefit=1.img>

  10. DClan Avatar

    CJ is correct…all 7 times.

  11. CJinSD Avatar

    Thank you to Tim for his rapid reply to inquiry and sorry to all for the duplicate posts!

  12. Jay Rodgers Avatar
    Jay Rodgers

    The car is a 54 Kurtis 500M. Powered by a 331 Cadillac motor with a 3 speed manual transmission. Formerly owned by Bob Wildoner, its now in some collection in New Orleans. Only 20 of this model were built by the Kurtis-McCulloch venture in it’s 2 years of operation.