Restored Microcar! 1951 Crosley Super Sport

Crosley may have been the right car manufacturer at the wrong time. They started producing micro-cars after World War II, at a time when you could sell almost anything on four wheels. While lots of different models would materialize, the market would stick a fork in Crosley in the early 1950s and they were done. One of the coolest Crosley’s was the Hot Shot 2-seat roadster, which also become the Super Sport with a higher level of trim. This 1951 Super Sport (no, not a Chevy) has been in the same family since new (we think) and was restored not long ago by the seller. It’s located in Richmondville, New York, and available here on craigslist for $12,000. Barn Finder T.J. keeps busy finding these terrific tips for us!

After rolling out the Hot Shot model in 1949, Crosley added the Super Sport in 1950. The latter added a folding top and – in 1951 – full doors as well. The Hot Shot and Super Sport had the same body that rode on an 85-inch wheelbase, fives inches longer than other Crosley offerings. The cars were powered by a 44 cubic inch OHC 4-cylinder engine that weighed only about 60 lbs. As the Hot Shot was capable of winning at the 12 Hours of Sebring (index races), the Super Sport was just about as nimble.

This ’51 Crosley was family owned for 71 years, so we assume the seller’s family has had it since new. It was sold by a dealer in Elmira, New York, suggesting the car has been in the Northeast all its life. The odometer reading is 37,500 miles and only 1,000 were added after the seller gave it a complete restoration from head to toe. We assume it still runs great, although the seller doesn’t elaborate on how well.

The Crosley wears dark blue paint (looks green to me) with a red interior. It looks exceptionally clean, especially underneath given the photos provided by the seller. When you take the little machine home, you’ll be carting some extra parts with you, such as Braje speed equipment, a new fuel gauge sender, stock intake and exhaust manifolds, a Carter carburetor, and several odds and ends. Be the first in your circle to drive one of these to Cars & Coffee!


  1. GlennR Member

    Had one of these years ago. Memories like a VW bug, didn’t do anything particularly well but endearing nonetheless.

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  2. Howie

    How many clowns can fit in it?

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  3. Johnmloghry johnmloghty

    Everytime I see one of these I think of Disney’s cartoon character Goofy behind the wheel. Just makes me laugh looking at one.

    God Bless America

  4. Jimmy Novak

    Crosley Car Owners Club offers resources:

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