Over the last few years I have acquired a peculiar interest in the Crosley Hotshot. Maybe it’s because a Hotshot won the first race at Sebring or maybe because it is considered America’s first postwar sports car. Whatever the reason, I really like these little cars. My large frame probably wouldn’t even fit inside, but the idea of screaming down a track in this tin can is appealing for some irrational reason.
Now, if I could just find a good one. These cars were obviously meant to be cheap when new, so that is how they should be today too. The Craigslist Crosley in the photos above meets that prerequisite. $500 takes it home, but sometimes cheapest is always the best route to go. This project is located in Georgia and it looks rusty. It also appears to have been modified with many of the parts thrown into the cockpit.
This shiny red one looks a lot more promising. A restoration was started before being left to sit for years. It does start and run, but the seller states that it smokes a bit. That could mean it needs a rebuild or it could just be from stale gas. We assume that they have put fresh fuel in though because of the outboard motor tank in the trunk. This one is okay, but it is still going to need a lot of work before it can be enjoyed. Bidding here on eBay is brisk at $3,200 with 3 days left.
Obviously, it is going to be hard to find a decent Hotshot at a good price. Maybe I am crazy and should just look for something more mainstream. Mustangs and Camaros do offer some excitement, but I’m skeptical that they could provide as many thrills as one of these. Sure, you are not going to go anywhere fast, but what could be more frightening than flinging one of these little Hotshots into a corner? Maybe you guys can help me dig up a good one? Please post any you find below so we can all critique them.