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»

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»

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»

V8/5-Speed: 1950 Crosley Hotshot

The concept of slotting a V8 engine under the hood of a small roadster is hardly new, with the AC Shelby Cobra and the Sunbeam Tiger being two notable examples. However, when you apply the principle to one of… more»

America’s First Sports Car: 1950 Crosley Hot Shot

If you were asked what the first post-war American sports car built was, you might say the Chevy Corvette. And if you did, you’d be wrong. It was the Crosley Hotshot, although much smaller and less powerful than either… more»

No Tops, No Doors: Pair of Crosley Hotshots

Crosley was a small, independent manufacturer of subcompact cars, often called microcars. One of their more interesting products was the Hotshot, a doorless open roadster that was made from 1949-52. You could consider this the first post-war, American-made sportscar… more»