Rescue Alert: 1948 CC Station Wagon in Hershey Lodge PA (eBay):
- See the photo on our CCOC Homepage:
"Specifications: 26.5bhp, 44 cu. in. 4-cylinder inline ohc engine, 3-
speed manual transmission, solid front axle with semi-elliptic leaf
springs, live rear axle with quarter-elliptic leaf springs,
4-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 80"
Powel Crosley, Jr. was a genius. After pioneering the low-cost radio
receiver, he founded WLW,
a high power broadcasting station in Cincinnati, Ohio, to give his
radios something to receive.
His Crosley Shelvador refrigerator, with shelves in the door, set the
pattern for all modern
fridges. In the late 1930s, he sought to bring America a small, low-
cost car. His Crosley automobile, introduced in 1939, was a Spartan
roadster powered by an air-cooled Waukesha flat-twin engine.
The Crosley car was quaint, but not terribly popular, although some
owners reported they were valuable for stretching gas rations during
World War II. After the war, Crosley brought his car upmarket, with a
four-cylinder engine designed by Lloyd Taylor for military use. With
a block of steel cylinders and tin-plated sheet metal water jacket,
and shaft-driven overhead cam, the Crosley Cobra (COpper BRAzed)
weighed 58 pounds in fighting trim. Initially built as a two-door
sedan and convertible, the Crosley gained a station wagon in 1948,
which soon became the most popular model.
This 1948 Crosley station wagon is finished in a bright yellow paint,
which is now peeling in places. The body, however, is straight and
solid, except for the rocker panels, which are bent outwards.
There was little that could be called a Crosley "interior" in the
usual sense ? a few pieces of cardboard sufficed for interior
decoration. This car has no headliner at all, and the seats show wear
without tear. Those windows that open do so by sliding; one of them
is cracked. The doors close well.
The chassis has some surface rust but appears solid. The engine,
which has a replacement CIBA cast iron block, introduced when the tin
COBRAs began to suffer terminal electrolysis, is free and could be
made to run. There does not appear to be an ignition key. The trim is
all in poor shape; cast items are pitted and bumpers are in very poor
The odometer shows 22,440 miles; it is not known when it was last
registered or inspected. The simplicity of Crosleys makes them
straightforward to restore. This car should reward its next owner
with the satisfaction of having preserved an important part of
postwar automotive history."