Details on Hotshot & Super Sports

The Hotshot was introduced in 1949 with the Super Sports added as a dressed up version in 1950 with fancier trim and a folding top. In 1951 and 1952 full doors were added to the Super Sports while the Hotshot continued with the cut down sides with either no doors or removable half doors.

An example of Powel Crosley saving money was that the 4 fenders were made from the 48 coupe front fenders, until the stamping forms could be modified.

Some detail photos and information that may be useful in your restoration. If you have details that should be added send them to me.


Hotshot

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 "VC")


1949 VC-10001 to VC-10727


1950 VC-20001 to VC-20835


1951 VC-30001 to VC-30670


1952 VC-40001 and up


Brakes

All roadsters 1949 through mid 1950 had 4 wheel Goodyear - Hawley Aircraft style disc brakes. By early June, 9" hydraulic brakes were phased in because of freeze up problems in the areas of the country that used salt on the roads.



You will have to look at the large version of the images to see most of the noted details. Click on the images.

1951-52 Super Sports

Notes:


Air scoop guard


Crosley Bird hood ornament, used on Super Sports and other Super models


Crest on Nose


Chrome windshield frame except lower brackets and the upper corners, painted body color.


Seams on top of the fenders and if you have a good display down the side of the fender

1949 Hotshot

This is a publicity photo from 1949 from the July 2 1949 Life article about the Hotshot.

Notes:


Rubber cockpit trim


Flat hub caps, the more rounded had been phased out by the time of the Hotshot announcement, for main production, some sources say left overs were still being used and some factory photos show them on models including roadsters till 1952.


Mount for the spare.


Contrasting headlight color, Black & Red was used.


Interesting to see wrinkles in almost new seat cushions.


1950 Hotshot

Notes:


Rubber cockpit molding


Optional chrome trim rings on wheels


Seams on top of fenders and down the side in front


Tail & Brake light


Red trim on top


Red head lights were offered black is more common on red cars




Notes

Above shows the Hotshot script and placement.

Left shows normal antenna placement, since this was often installed by the dealer exact placement varies.

This is an early Hotshot before the vent was moved to the rear.  This location vents only the engine compartment. Some have no vent at all.

The right Hotshot is missing the script, note the holes, and has the lower windshield brackets incorrectly chromed, it should be painted body color.




1950 Super Sports


Many people will argue that the Super Sports was only available inb 51 and 52 with full doors.  It was really introduces as a Super Hotshot in 1950.

Main difference from the Hotshot:

Red trim around the cockpit

Folding top instead of assembled top

Super side script

This example has the lower bronze windshield brackets polished instead of painted body color.  The air cleaner showing is after market.  Wheels appear to be body color instead of off white.

1951-52 Super Sports

Notes:


Off white wheels


Placement of optional radio antenna
(car to right is wrong)


Seams on top of fenders and down the side in front


Tail & Brake light


Red trim on top


Black head lights


1951-52 Super Sports


Notes:


Optional Horn button


Optional Radio


Optional Ash Tray under the dash just left of center


Chrome trim ring on speaker


Red trim on top


Black head lights, red was also used.


Door & Kick Panels


Red Dash Trim


Rear view mirror


Red Seats were standard in all roadsters


Painted lower windshield bracket, body color


Notes:

Super Sports side curtain, bottom has an inner and outer part that goes over the door top

Black with red trim, only colors used

Super script on side



Notes:

Rear shot of top, zip out window

The two twist fastener on either side of window holds straps that snap to top bows keeping them in place

Chrome trim ring was an option

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