Milestone American Sports Car: 1949 Crosley Hotshot

When you ask someone what was the first postwar American sportscar, the most popular answer is almost always the 1953 Chevrolet Corvette.  That answer is wrong by four years.  A 1949 Crosley Hotshot like this blue example for sale… more»

Micro Magic: Rare 1952 Crosley Scorpion

Here’s a mind twister: Crosley, the niche micro-car maker, was the donor platform for a kit car known as the Scorpion (aka Skorpion). While thousands of Fieros, VWs, Model As and Ts, and various British cars have given their… more»

Itty Bitty Roadster: 1949 Crosley Hotshot

Crosley Corp. (ala Crosley Motors) was an independent manufacturer of microcars in the 1940s and 1950s. The Hotshot was one of their products, a smaller roadster built for two that had no doors. One of its claims to fame… more»

Running Sports Car Project: 1949 Crosley Hotshot

Hollywood studios have spent decades endowing their animated automotive offerings with faces and winning personalities. From Disney’s Susie the Little Blue Coupe to Lightning McQueen from the “Cars” franchise, all featured faces brimming with character. Looking at this 1949… more»

40 Years In A Barn: 1949 Crosley Convertible

This car does look better than this opening photo would make you believe. Small cars can be big restoration projects, despite their size. It may seem quick and easy to plug away at a car like this 1949 Crosley… more»

Last Registered in 1956: Crosley Super Wagon

Once again, from the fertile imagination of Powel Crosley and just out of sixty-seven years of storage, we have a Crosley vehicle for consideration. This one is on craigslist, a CD Super Wagon, with an asking price of $8500…. more»

Pocket-Sized Project: 1949 Crosley Hotshot Roadster

Somewhat unjustly, a 1949 Crosley Hotshot was drafted into eighth place on Time magazine’s 2007 list of the 50 Worst Cars of All Time, compiled by Dan Neil. The list (ranked by year, not degree of worst-ness) named the… more»

Rare Fiberglass Sports Car: 1952 Crosley Skorpion

Update 12/20/22 – The asking price of this fiberglass oddity has been nearly cut in half! Will that be enough to find it a new home though? Find it here on eBay. Thanks go to Barn Finds reader Sisuman…. more»

Early Rat Rod: 1941 Crosley Convertible Sedan

Crosleys are tempting palettes for customization. They don’t cost a lot, and they’re tiny – so creating a new vision won’t break your back. Over sixty years ago, someone had the same thought about this 1941 Crosley Convertible Sedan,… more»

Parts or Project: 1952 Crosley Wagon

We’ve written repeatedly about Powel Crosley, one of the more illustrious industrial inventors that the world has seen. This time we’ll skip directly to the car at hand since it needs significant help finding a new home and Mr…. more»

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,… more»

Micro Sports Car: 1943 (?) Crosley Hot Shot

Crosley Motors was a small, independent American manufacturer of subcompact cars (aka microcars). The company was active from 1939 to 1952, with a timeout during World War II. A runabout convertible called the Hot Shot was one of their… more»

Tiny Project: 1952 Crosley Station Wagon

Powel Crosley was one of the most colorful and accomplished characters ever to set his mind to making a car. While most automotive scions were single-minded, Crosley was a jack of all trades, and master of some. From radios… more»

Original Paint: 1947 Crosley Pickup

Powel Crosley was quite a character, applying his considerable inventiveness to many everyday items. He is probably best known for bringing mass production to radios, so Everyman could enjoy a set in the living room. But his passion was… more»

America’s First Sports Car? 1951 Crosley Super Sport

Crosley — America’s First Successful Sports Car! “What?” say all Corvette, Stutz, Mercer, et. al. enthusiasts! Yeah, they are correct, but guess what sports car won the Index of Performance at the first Sebring 12-hour race? That’s right, it… more»

Dean Weller Special: 1948 Crosley Micro Car

Dean Weller’s retirement avocation was running Grandpa’s Garage in De Soto, Kansas. Weller was a car customizer extraordinaire. His primary interest was Model A’s, but over the years he tackled an Edsel, a Lincoln, and a DeSoto, among others…. more»