1939 Crosley Convertible: Tiny Drop Top

1939 Crosley Convertible Coupe

When I think of pre-1940’s American cars, I picture large sedans with art deco styling and massive flathead engines, but one American manufacturer went against the norm and tried to build something compact and efficient long before any fuel crises mandated it. Crosley was a brand that truly went against the trends in an attempt to carve out a new niche in America. This 1939 Crosley Convertible Coupe is one of about 2k ever built and has been in storage for the past 45 years! As you can see, it is extremely small and can best be described as being cute. It has a few styling traits reminiscent of the big cars of the era, but overall was unlike anything else on the road. In a sea of Fords and Chevys, this Crosley would stand out at any car show it attends. If you are like me and love oddballs, you can find this one here on eBay with an opening bid of $2,500 and a BIN of $4k in Narrowsburg, New York. So would you give this cute little American car a home in your garage?

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Comments

  1. randy

    Dawwwwwww!!!

  2. Jose

    Keep it. Use it for a book end, target practice on a rifle range, make a planter box out of it, put a battery in it so your grandkids can play in it, bury it, put it out of its misery. Other than that, it’s a really neat little car.

  3. Dolphin Member

    For some reason, right now I’m thinking of clowns with big feet and clothes with lots of poka-dots jumping out, running around, and then jumping back into this car. Oh yeah, and they are in a parade going down main street.

    • skloon

      Don’t forget the Shriners riding around it !!!

      • Ed P

        at least 12 Shriners

  4. redwagon

    needs an sbc. that would be a hoot!

  5. JimmyinTEXAS

    Narrowsburg, NY?
    You could drive it on narrows streets…
    You would only need a narrows garage…
    You could park it in a narrows spot…

    • ken

      would be an excellent car to market in key west…where parking is very limited

  6. AbarthBill

    The Early Crosleys used a “Waukesha” engine. The Waukesha Engine Company, also known as the Motor Works was a Waukesha institution. A 72 page book about it’s history which is now available, go to http://www.wschley.com/MotorWorks/index.htm
    for more information.

  7. fred

    The other American microcar…King Midget! Advertised in back of Popular Mechanics magazine for a couple hundred bucks.

  8. kenzo

    May be a Jay Leno Project as a spare tire for his daily driver Buick

  9. Captbeckman

    This is quite an early car and the patina is
    really cool. If this was a VW people would
    be crazy for that paint. I admit, it does look like a clown car, a 75 year old one at that.
    At 4k , I’d call it a good price.

  10. Ed P

    This car looks like it should be pedal powered.

  11. Charles

    I remember the King Midget in Popular Mechanics. It seems like they could be bought without an engine and one could install the engine of choice? This car does look sort of clownish. This car would be fun to have restored to tool around at car shows. Not to use on the highway, but sort of like a golf cart or an overgrown toy. It will probably fit in the back of my F-350. We used to haul an Isetta in the back of a Silverado Crewcab with an 8 foot bed.

  12. Barry

    Darn near looks like a pedal car.

  13. Barry

    It just occurred to me that during WW II when gas was rationed this must have come in handy to have.

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