The former used car king also coined the term “TV”

This four-bedroom home in the hills of Sherman Oaks was constructed in 1964 and served as the longtime home of Earl “Madman” Muntz, one of the most inventive hucksters in the history of Los Angeles—and perhaps the entire nation. The enterprising Muntz first made his fortune in the used car business during World War II, enlisting servicemen on their way out west to drive autos purchased at low Midwestern prices to the pricier California market.

Later, Muntz entered the television business, creating a popular line of cheaply made (and cheaply priced) television sets. Widely credited as having coined the term “TV,” Muntz, in fact, made enough of a fortune selling his television sets that he named his daughter Tee Vee.

Black and gold front door

The salesman’s 3,042-square-foot residence certainly looks the part of a trophy home for a television pioneer. Per the listing, it’s been the site of a number of celebrity-filled parties over the years. The pool and spacious hot tub out back likely did much to liven up such gatherings.

Front entryway with white grand piano

Current owners seem to have preserved the kitschy midcentury aesthetic and entertainer’s vibe—note the white grand piano positioned right in the front entryway. The large, fish tank-adorned bar in the dining room also contributes to the atmosphere.

Positioned on a quarter-acre lot, the house is asking $1.75 million after a recent $50,000 price drop.

Bar with mirror and fish tank

Blue-colored kitchen with skylights

Bedroom with hardwood floors and sliding closet doors

Bathroom with odd walled-off shower

View of bathroom from the tub

Exterior of home from street

View of pool and deck furniture