You really hit spot on, because the first VWs were
quite comparable in horse power (VW at 25 DIN and Crosley at 26.5 SAE let
the VW have a slight lead after conversion) and size, tho the V dub
were considerably higher in price. VW placed importance on way less
RPM, lower torque, and much more displacement, probably a wise choice for
the period. It really made the driver feel he had more power on tap than he
Perception. Almost as good as
the real thing, right?
I've driven a 25 HP VW and I'll put my Crosley up against
a stock 25 VW.
A bit more time could have meant Crosley
would now be a world leader. More exporting of the Crosmobile
might have also helped, but then you have shipping cost.
I feel Crosley would have been one of the first to
go unibody. It's apparent Crosley would have designers who broke new
In essence, Europe needed a very small car at that time
while Americans were totally nuts for huge iron and would have "little" to do
with "little". Likely a male thang.
Then, I know what lookin' out over the hood of my XK 140
makes me feel like. I'm18 again.
18 year old girls are lookin' at me in that thing! (Or
is it me? HAH!)
But luck has soooooo much to do with
Life's a crap shoot frum the git-go.
.............pb&j on a hot toasted bagel, in
Ashland Wi, lookin' out the winder at Lake Superior, an headin' fir
Wauseon, lickty split.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, July 03, 2012 3:42
Subject: =CROSLEY CAR OWNERS CLUB= 60
Years Ago Today....
60 years ago today,on July 3rd, 1952 , The Crosley Automobile Division
shut down operations for good at 3:30 when the last plant shift ended.
wonder who has the last automobile produced by Crosley?
A shame that
they couldn't hang on a few more years, until small cars came back into
No matter tho. They produced just under 100,000 cars and trucks,
and by any measure they were a success. They made the cars for the masses and
made a car anyone could afford.
Bravo, Crosley!! Take a bow...you