1946 CROSLEY 4-cyl.

1946 CROSLEY 4-cyl.

CROSLEY — (4-CYL) — SERIES CC — Powel Crosley, Jr. first ventured into automaking in 1907. He had little success. Four years later, he tried again, with a cyclecar. He met the same results. The Cincinnati businessman did, however, have better luck selling radios and refrigerators during the mid-1930s. In the appliance field, Crosley amassed a fortune, obtaining a popular radio station and a share of the Red Legs baseball team in the process. Still, he clung to his dream of marketing a basic, low-cost economy car that nearly anyone could afford to buy. The result, appearing first in 1939, was an open car with an 80 inch wheelbase and 12 horsepower air-cooled motor that could achieve 50 mph. It sold for under $300 and 4,757 copies were built before World War II broke out. During the conflict, a lucrative contract to build the famous COBRA industrial-type engine and other machines for military use put Crosley Motors o ...

 

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