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Crosley Hotshot Roadster

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Crosley Hotshot Roadster

1949 Crosley Hotshot Roadster finished in Maroon accented by cream wheels and tan interior



The automotive brand Crosley was created by Powel Crosley of Cincinnati, who originally built and marketed a cycle car in the early 1900's. Unfortunately this project was decimated by the arrival of the seminal Ford Model T. Upon the failure of this venture Crosley set about making a fortune in the production of Radios, which provided seed money for his return to the automotive world in the 1930s with a tiny 2-cylinder air cooled car; however the outbreak of World War 2 saw Crosley's industrial abilities being harnessed by the military in order to produce vast numbers of a 44 cubic inch 4-Cylinder engine for Military Auxiliary power.

The Engine was originally built with a copper brazed, sheet metal water jacket and was powerful for it's small size and light weight; Crosley saw the potential of the engine and in 1945 when he was allowed to re-enter private production he put the "COBRA" engine into his Crosley Road Cars.

The Hotshot 'sports' model was introduced to the Crosley range in 1949 and became a car that would be the blueprint for a number of competition vehicles to come from the brand, including a car to win the 1950 Sebring Six Hours. 

We are proud to offer a true roadster specification Hotshot, complete without doors or roof, and benefiting from a recent restoration leaving a car in very good all round condition. 

The Maroon exterior is beautifully contrasted by the cream wheels and tan interior and this example also comes with a Crosley radio, chrome bumpers and a rear-mounted spare wheel. This is a fantastic classic that is a part of American history, but with real motorsport provenance that will be appreciated in the years to come. 


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