Crosleys have always been a bit odd compared to the main stream car industry, but now they are also collectable and that makes them a bit more acceptable. These pictures were all taken when the Crosley was just odd and only a handful of people liked odd enough to keep them from all being turned in to lawn tractors and home made trailers.
The 1948 Crosley Station Wagon belonged to The Lancers
Club in 1963. They were racing Ricky Scerbo from
NJ. Here is a not from the the president of the
club at the time
of tthe photo.
Wayne Hermann's '48 wagon. The picture was taken in about 1961.
1950 with Wayne Hermann's head on the roof. Actually he was standing behind it. It could be a '49, it had drum brakes. This was taken about '51.
Wayne Herman's '50 wagon taken about 1960.
Wayne Hermann spotted this Crosley on a ferry to Galveston, Texas in the summer of '51.
Wayne sent the following caption: The '48 with the anti-fog things in the windshield was mine. These pictures were taken in Racine, Wisconsin in the late 50s. The brown 47 sedan with whitewalls was my brothers and the other three belonged to a fellow named Clarence Peterson. The 47 sedan on the right was painted up to be "The Purple People Eater". It was used in parades. It had a big chrome horn on the top and an eye painted on the hood. Of course, it was purple. Yes that's a panel delivery in the middle.
This is another picture of the row of Crosleys with the owners and their kids. Wayne is by the '48 and his son is on the "Purple People Eater".
A neighborhood commuter car in about 1966. Taken in Ohio. 1949 Sedan.
How to parallel park a Crosley, that's ye old web master closest to the camera. Maybe this is why I have back problems now. Picture taken around 1965 in Ohio. 1949 Sedan same as above.
This was the event we were parking the sedan for above. This is little Miss Liberty Center.
Street shot from McKeesport, PA Circa 1947
1948 Station Wagon parked in front of parts store, year unknown but would guess late 40s early 50s. Location unknown
CC Sedan on streets of Troy Alabama. From the looks of the other cars this was probably taken in late 40s early 50s also.
This picture of a 48 Convertible was taken in Miami,Fl. about 1950 or 51. Norman Naipavel supplied the picture. The woman is his mother Norma. The boat was his Dad's, Joseph (Smokey) Naipavel, who was very active in boat racing in the 50's and built some pretty hot Crosley engines.
The picture was taken in May 1948 at the start of the Alaska Highway in Dawson Creek, BC. Stan Smith drove it from Michigan to Alaska.
Picture is dated January 1954. Unknown beach, unknown driver. Not sure what the single port hole is for.
This is a 1950 Super Sports, the first year for the Super Sports and it was really only a deluxe Hot Shot with special trim and a folding top being the main difference
|I have seen a picture
of a place on the beach that rents Hot Shots, so this may
another shot from that business. This was a color post
I only had a black & white copy. Some one got a good
on Buick port holes.
How Greg wrote: "The Crosley Hotshot was rented and used on the beach at Daytona Beach in 1952. I rented and drove one."
Both of these beach photos may be from Daytona. If so I wonder how many VCs they had.
This was shot at a dealers lot in December 1948.
Another dealer lot in 1949.
Steven Helwig sent me this picture of his parents Mary Helwig and Art Helwig with Oren Standiford all of Cincinnati Ohio. Check out those fender skirts.
Sid Sims at age 14 in 1953. He is standing beside his first car, looks like a 48 Sport Utility. The picture was taken in Houston, Texas.
Sid is looking for another Crosley to relive his youth, He is still in the Houston area.
Not sure where I got this photo. It was in my files dated August 1963. The Ohio plates are from Henry County where I grew up and 1963 was the year I got started in Crosleys. The wagon was being used as part of a rubber stamp making business.
This is another photo from my files. It has been
that the sign in the background is in Japaneese so it is
in Japan. The lettering
the side is readable if you know the language.
It has been verified by a Chinese professor and his
friend that the four dots at the left are a Chinese
symbol, too old for
them to know. The next three characters are
some sort of commercial enterprise. The final two
pictographs indicating buildings. The second line
company's telephone number.
Any additional help or information would be appreciated.
Don't know much other than it says Charlestown, Indiana and from the other cars on the street I would guess the CC Sedan was nearly new.
Dealer getting some publicity
You scream I scream we all scream for Ice Cream
|Mike Bullard sent me this
picture, here is
his words. "The people in the picture are myself ,
sister and of course, Dad. Leonard Barefoot Bullard born
April 10, 1921
to May 17, 2003. In his younger years he was known for
being a rowdy
fiddle player, ladies man and auto mechanic. He worked on
cars after he
came back from the war that included people like Werner
Von Braun and
others. This was back in the late 50's and 60's and no one
Huntsville knew how to work on the German Imports. Lets
just say that
could fix anything except for the heart, but he could make
better. As far as the Crosley in the picture goes it is
one called the
Shingle (I think). Dad built several different chassis and
combinations while being aided by some of NASA's top
engineers of the
time. He never raced them due to his size but loved to see
drive his. But that was long ago and
stories change as the years go by. So to give this picture some real story you only have to look into the eyes of the kids in the Crosley and see their joy but to look at the eyes of my father you see a proud Dad.
For he was my father, my teacher and my best friend."
|Picture of NASCAR legend Harry
Hyde in his
first race car in the 50's. He only drove for a while and
not a driver and started building cars for others to
|Chuck Koehler found this
told it was taken at Stadium Arena, Grand Rapids,
dark spots are people in the stands.
|This one I found.
Don't know any
details. Looks like a 39 or maybe 40 Conv Coupe that
bumper added. Trees in the background look like a
like CA or FL.
|Here is a great picture taken on the Shirley Highway (I-95) in Virginia south of D.C. the summer of 1951. Gary (no last name) sent me this picture and said it was "a photo of my cousin, a friend and myself in our Crosleys". Looks like Two 1951 SuperSports and a 1950 SuperSports. Nice seat covers in the 1950.|
|Pete Berard sent me this picture from 1959. He said "this is a shot of my wife and I when we were dating in the late 50's. We could fill up the Hot Shot with $0.24 a gallon gas and get a dish, cup, or other kitchen ware free!".|
|Pete also sent me this picture he took of the his Hot Shot around 1951 or 52. He gave this information on the photo. "Notice the crumpled area forward and above the rear wheel? That's the reason my dad got the car. Someone gave the previous owner a love tap in the rear. Dad owned a body shop bought the car and had pulled the frame, but had not done the finish work. He couldn't get me out of the car long enough! Around 2 years prior, a neighbor was rebuilding a nearly new wrecked MG TD and I was forever smitten with small car fever. I felt I was the coolest cat in town in the Hot Shot. My baby sister is seen in the drivers seat. Behind the car from L to R is Happy (dog on hood) Aunt Mae Berard, (Uncle Bill's wife) Aunt Mae Berard, (father's sister), Uncle Bill Berard, my dad Maurice Berard, and in the fore front, my mom Nellie. This shot was taken with an Ansco camera that I made from a card board kit that came as a flat, creased, prefabbed with tape and necessary simple mechanism to wind the film."|
|David Motz of California sent this
photo, he describes the time and location.
"In September of 1961, I rode the Alaska Railroad from Anchorage to Fairbanks and this picture was taken when the train stopped at Nenana.
The vehicle at the right is unmistakably a Crosley wagon."
The following four photos were sent to us by Mark and Frank Beacon from the estate of Lloyd Texley in Nebraska.
|Murray Mill of Calgary, AB
Canada writes - "This is how it all started for me!!
purchased a 1947 Crosley Sedan in 1949 and used it
everyday for several
years. The picture was taken on the family farm, located
at Eagle Hill,
Alberta, Canada circa 1949. From as young as I can
remember I heard all
the stories about this Crosley car. I spent some
time one summer
going through the scrap pile on the Eagle Hill farm.
Wouldn’t you know
it, I found the Crosley engine, heater, etc. This
really got me
fired up at the age of 19 and I began to search for the
chassis. I learned it had been sold to another local
farmer. Yes, I
went to that farm and his widow showed me the only place
she knew it
might be. As I kicked through the grass, I caught my foot
on a front
Crosley motor mount. This was all that was left, I latter
had sold the running gear to another local ranch to be
used as a
trailer. My search continues for my uncles 47 CC Sedan!"
Check out the roof mounted spot light, front and rear defrosters and the wind wings.
|"This is my uncle Ronnie
Kaczmar in front of his 1948 Station wagon.
Ronnie would have been about 15 at the time. The photo was taken in 1957 at
the Kaczmar family home in Dearborn Michigan. Ronnie had just gotten his
first car which my father still owns. The car is still located in the
garage shown in the background."
|"This is my father Jim
Kaczmar (right) and my uncle Ronnie Kaczmar (left) in
front of a
Crosley. The photo was taken in 1957 at the family home in
|"My father (Jim Kaczmar,
right) and his friend (Doug Johnson, left). Standing
by my dad's
first car. This was taken in 1963."
1967 probably in Florida.
|"This was taken in
1968. This "blue and white" Crosley has been to the
states. Ron Kaczmar drove this car to the most of
the states with
my Grandfather, Walter over the years. Ronnie
remaining states with his friend Jean in 1992.
missing states included a 6000+ mile trip from Dearborn,
through Seattle Washington, to Long Beach
California. My uncle
and Grandparents would often take Crosleys on long trips,
this trip to Florida from Dearborn, Michigan."
|"Found this old picture
dad and his Crosley Hot Shot. Picture was
taken in Searcy,
Ark. in front of my grandpa's place. Dad was a Chief
Officer stationed at the Millington, Tn Naval Air
He and my mother would travel on the weekend to
Searcy to visit
my Grandpa in Searcy Ark. The Hot Shot was dad's
following 16 years of sea duty. He spoke of it often
and fondly. -
CMSgt David W. Willingham
|So how did Mike Banks, one of the authors of the Crosley:
Brothers and a Business Empire That Transformed the
Nation, get interested in Crosleys.
"When I was four years old I would walk to the neighbor's driveway and spin the propeller on the Crosley wagon he owned. This gentleman, Jack Griswold, who owned a total of 16 Crosleys during the 1940s and 1950s, is still with us, now in Margate Florida, sent photos of his Crosleys (including 2 Hotshots), and the actual car that was my first memory of Crosley! This photo was taken in 1955." --Mike
Now you know the rest of the story.