Today Crosley may be known for household appliances, but back in the forties they tried their hand at automobiles and boy, did they come up with some interesting ones. With all the small cars on our streets today, this little guy would blend right in, but it must have been a shocking sight when new. Crosley wasn’t afraid to try new things and they were fairly successful for a few years. This 1948 Crosley Station Wagon is representative of the type of cars they used to build. Find it here on craigslist in Billing Montana with an asking price of $3,200.
To keep prices down, Crosley did away with all the frivolous luxuries. There was no unnecessary ornamentation in here. Heck, even the engine was made out of sheet metal. Crosley had won a contract to build generator engines for the military. They needed to be cheap and weight under 100 pounds so they could drop them into remote areas, use them for a while, and then dispose of them. The resulting engines were lightweight and able to rev up to 10k rpms so Crosley decided to stick a 726cc version into their cars.
Crosley eventually went to a cast iron block to help with reliability problems. Surprisingly many of these engine found their way into race cars after being sightly modified. Crosley even went so far as to build their own budget sports car which went on to win the index of performance at Sebring! As an American manufacturer of modest micro cars they truly were the underdog in an European dominated racing world.
This particular wagon is better suited for the farm then the track. Supposedly there is room for four with space for plenty of luggage. We are not sure we would ever want to take it above 30, but you may not be able to anyways with only 26 horsepower on tap. The whole package is light though so it might be fun to drive and it will save you some change at the pump. With 26 horsepower you wont be getting anywhere fast, but you will save some change at the pump. Sure beats driving a new econobox…