Crosley-Almquist on eBay.
- View SourceThe glory of racing, on eBay! Vintage racing, with buzzing, spindly, half-century-old machines setting their drum brakes on fire and bashing expensively into tire walls. Glory! The sensible thing is to buy some broke racer-dude's ready-to-go MGB or Datsun Sports for 40 percent of the money he has invested in it. But no, because the garage needs a racy Crosley-based roadster project in need of absolutely everything. A diamond in the rough, like an Almquist Sabre II that fits onto a Crosley chassis.
In the mid-1950s, Almquist made a line of metal-reinforced fiberglass bodies that budget-minded racers could assemble based on Crosley frames or other short-wheelbase chassis - and by "assemble" is meant "re-engineer the whole structure more or less from scratch." The Sabre II body on a Crosley chassis with period-correct running gear sure would trigger envious murmurings in the paddock of any vintage-racing event nowadays, and it's possible to get into the sport at a totally reasonably price.
This 1955 Almquist Sabre II project in Kentucky had a top bid at the time of this writing of just $1,300.51. It's based on a Crosley chassis, it's very rough, and it's missing quite a few bits and pieces. See photos of it in our CCOC 'Crosley-Almquist' album.