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I've uploaded a 1948 Crosley Car brochure with some really nice automotive illustrations.

Crosley Motors Incorporated was created by Powel Crosley Jr. in 1939. Before that he had built his fortune making affordable radios. Rumor has it that he was disturbed by the $120 price tag for a radio he was going to buy for his son, so he set out to create a radio that anybody could afford, which he did. The average price of a Crosley radio was $7. He later moved on to refrigerators, and then cars. Crosley cars were were built and designed under the same guiding principles as his radios. His cars were small, lite-weight, very fuel efficient (some models got as much as 50mpg), and very affordable.

Crosley Motors wikipedia article.

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Comment by lord_k on October 4, 2010 at 5:59pm
No need to apologize, Scott. It's OK. I pasted the link just for those who would like to see earlier (and more Dieselpunk) models.
Comment by Scott on October 4, 2010 at 1:47pm
Sorry Lord K, I should have checked a little closer. If I had know I would have put this under your original post.
Comment by lord_k on October 4, 2010 at 5:19am
To serve a pleasant (?) reminder:
Crosleys (incl. earlier models) were featured here.
Comment by Larry on October 1, 2010 at 9:45pm
Very interesting Pilsner. You're always a wealth of information.
Comment by Pilsner Panther on October 1, 2010 at 4:36am
The Crosley had two major problems that doomed it. One was safety: the body was about as sturdy as an egg crate, while all the other cars on the road at the time were enormous, heavy dreadnoughts, so you can only imagine what would have happened to a Crosley and its occupants in a collision. The other flaw was an engine block that was made out of stamped metal parts rather than cast iron! The engine had been designed for military use in WWII, powering portable generators and so on, and it wasn't designed for longevity in the first place.

Still, the idealistic intentions behind the car are admirable and definitely ahead of their time.
Comment by Павел Скрыльников on September 30, 2010 at 7:19pm
What a nice car! It reminds me about GAZ M-20 Pobeda and Volkswagen Beetle.
Comment by Larry on September 30, 2010 at 8:04am
Those are great images! And the product history is fantastic.

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