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The Crosley–a small car in automotive history

During my 12 years of writing this column, I have written on a variety of subjects. This column is my 578th. For each of those columns I’ve tried to write on subjects that I thought would be interesting and informing. You the readers of the column can judge whether that has been the case. Probably the most controversial subjects I’ve chosen were those columns written about automobiles, especially the ones about car makes and models of the past — some even before my entry into life on this planet.

Some readers have told me the “car themed” columns are very interesting. Others have said my car columns were less than interesting. Some of the car columns have been informative while some have just been nostalgic. To me it is interesting to know about some of the many makes and models of cars that have been manufactured in the past. To me I look back with great memories to the time when I began to drive my family’s 1932 Ford V8 coupe. I have a model of that car in a prominent place in my living room. Perhaps some have been both interesting as well as nostalgic. Most folks know the brands that have been unveiled in the past few years. There are so many gadgets on them now it takes a good deal of thought to get started when driving your first new car. Now there’s a lot of talk about a driverless car. Some companies are seriously working on that now.
My wife Mary was looking through some of her papers recently and came across a brochure advertising the New 1951 Model Crosley. I remember the Crosley and what I remember most about it was how small it was compared to other makes on the market. Another distinctive feature on that model Crosley was the small propeller in the middle of the grill. According to the brochure, the price for the Crosley model ranged from $898 to $1,046. Moreover, the Federal tax and handling was included in the price. Gas millage was billed to be as high as 50 mpg. There were several models including a station wagon, a panel delivery truck, a racing model and a Crosley “FarmORoad.” The FarmORoad was designed to be used on the farm for plowing, disking and other farm applications. A Crosley Hotshot took top honors in the famous European race, Grand de la Suisse for sports cars up to 450 ccm. Production of the Crosley car lasted until July of 1952.

The Crosley was the brainchild of Powell Crosley, Jr. Crosley went on to be prominent in the radio and appliance industry.