Crosley sports car ahead of its time
By BERNARD R. DEREMER
West Liberty, Ohio
The brainchild of Powel Crosley, Jr. (1886-1961), the great Ohio industrialist who made radios and appliances, built his first car on a $10 dare from his father, but it failed in the panic of 1907.
In 1939 he introduced the car bearing his name, trying to compete with standard-size autos. It never attained wide popularity; perhaps it was just too far ahead of its time. He aimed to make 150,000 four-cylinder, 30-horsepower units a year, priced at $500. But production
never exceeded 28,000 annually and the cost could not be brought below §800.
According to the 'Complete Encyclopedia of Motor Cars,' Crosley's Hot Shot sports car "outperformed anything in its class and is still cherished by many collectors as an outstanding machine."
Fred Coldewey of Cincinnati said a few years ago that quite a few Crosleys were still in use around Richmond, Ind. The Crosley Car Club of Miamisburg, Ohio testifies that "happiness is owning a Crosley."
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