Details on CC Models 1946 - 1948

The CC Models include all the standard models such as Station Wagon, Sedan, Convertible, Panel Delivery and Pickup. The CC series was introduced in mid 1946 and were refereed to as 47 model year, since they have a unique serial number most people refer to them as 1946 models. Production of CC models ran through late in 1948.

Even though Crosley was shipping an all new body and a new engine most of the rest of the chassis and brakes were left over from prewar production.

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The CC models had 6" mechanical brakes for the full production

Early Production

Production started with the first car rolling of the line on May 9th 1946. Early production were shipped with out emblems because they had not arrived from the supplier yet. These models had Crosley written on the bumpers in 3 inch high red letters. Many of these early models were retrofitted with emblems at a later date. Most if not all the 46 production had little if any interior panels.

Serial Numbers by Model Year

The body serial number is located inside the engine compartment, Top dead center of the firewall. (Serial Numbers start with "CC")

1946 CC46-100 to CC46-5205

1947 CC47-10000 to CC47-26999
1947 CC-27000 to CC-31999

1948 CC-32000 to CC-61256

1948 1/2 Sedan


The 46 through early 48 models are hard to tell apart without a look at the serial numbers. Crosley tried to get a little extra out of the CCs with a 48 1/2 model with the only change being the bolt on grill bars and bull nose, The factory promoted buying grills to update the looks of your older model. The grill was used after CC-46174. Until around CC-52175 give or take a 100 or so the grills bars were painted body color.

The off white wheels were used on the 48 model year, earlier models had Chinese Red wheels

Single rear tail light was standard, it had a glass Lux lens. A right tail light was optional.

The Bull nose took the place of a contour fit T-bar front emblem.

The small lights on the front are parking lights, you will notice not all CC have these lights. Crosley went to the small bubble lights when he went to seal beam headlights after CC-38693 in early 48.

The chrome hood ornament was used only on 48 model years, early 48s were shipped without a hood ornament.

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1948 Station Wagon


Insert styles used on the CC models were Blond and Walnut.

Trailer style single tail light on the left side only. The right light was optional.

No visible parking lights on 46 through early 48 models, they were inside the head light assembly. Most of these cars have been converted to seal beams and don't have the parking lights anymore.

Off white wheel color, this was used from 48 through the end of production on all models.

All CC Models had sliding side windows

Most T type emblems front and rear had red gems on rear and clear on front. A few have shown up with opposite colors.

The wagon body was introduced in November of 47 as a 48 model. It was the start of the flat sided pickup bodies instead of the earlier sedan fender style.

The 1948 Station Wagon was the most popular model Crosley built with 23,489 made. Crosley was the top builder of Station Wagons in the world in 1948. They were the first completely steel bodied wagon made, beating Plymouth (who normally gets credit) by a year. The Jeep wagon body was earlier but most historians considered that a truck or carry all, you decide.

Sport Utility


Crosley was a head of his time yet again with an SUV in 1947. It was technically a 1948 model but was sold starting in November of 1947 as a variation of the wagon.

You can see a bit of the Pigskin interior.

Roundside Pickup


Sedan fenders were used to make pickup box till wagon was introduced.

Red wheels were used in 46 and 47.

Most pickups had the narrow rear bumper like delivery to right.

Panel Delivery


Wagon derivative, had different floor pans to give a flatter floor.

Side opening door

Notch in pebble shield is to unbolt spare stored underneath.


Round Gauges

Chrome nosed Motorola radio (optional)

The interior is simply refereed to as Brown, Pigskin was the only other color used and is a darker brown.

Optional ash tray under dash on right

Small horn button


Chrome nose Motorola radio (optional) with standard red knobs. This is the most common car radio used.

Stock ignition switch.  Mounts through the front not through the back like most after market switches.

Light switch on left, choke on the right.


Sstandard blank cover if the radio was not ordered.

Optional right taillight and mount for sedans and convertibles, this is the same glass Lux lamp as the left taillight, it probably shouldn't have the license plate clear area.

Wagons used a trailer style taillight like the left light.

Oil breather pipe exiting by the transmission.  This connects with a short rubber hose to the back of the block on CoBRa engines with a nipple on the back of the block just below the valve cover. Not all have this breather tube and block nipple.


CoBra (Tin) Engine block

The thermostat housing radiator

Tilletson Carb, and small air cleaner. Air cleaner was changed to larger oil bath type in mid 1947.

Greenish color was used, some later Tin engines were not painted but were galvanized. A reddish brown color has also been seen.

Red, gray and green cam covers were used.

Holes on left side of dash are for optional heater.

Large generator and starter used after December 1947.

More Info on Tin Block

CC Engine Compartment

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