1951 Crosley Hot Shot Roadster / VC302278 Vehicle Information

1951 Crosley Hot Shot photograph

1951 Crosley Hot Shot photograph

1951 Crosley Hot Shot photograph

1951 Crosley Hot Shot photograph

1951 Crosley Hot Shot photograph

1951 Crosley Hot Shot photograph

1951 Crosley Hot Shot photograph

1951 Crosley Hot Shot photograph

1951 Crosley Hot Shot photograph

1951 Crosley Hot Shot photograph

1951 Crosley Hot Shot photograph

1951 Crosley Hot Shot photograph

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Roadster
Chassis #: VC302278
Sold for $19,800 at 2011 RM Auctions - Concours d'Elegance at St. Johns.
Powell Crosley, Jr., owner of Crosley Broadcasting and the Cincinnati Reds, also wanted to sell cars of his own design. With help from his younger brother Lewis, a trained engineer, the first Crosley automobile was created and priced at just $250. Nearly 5,000 examples were built before America entered World War II and production ceased.

When War time ended, production resumed. In 1949, the Hot Shot roadster was introduced and is classified as America's first postwar sports car. These small vehicles carried a price tag of just $900, less than half the cost of Chevrolet's base model. They backed up their hefty 'sports car' title by winning the Index of Performance and taking overall victory at the first Sebring 6-hour race in 1950. Other victories included the 1951 Swiss Grand Prix and second in the 1951 Tokyo Grand Prix.

Engines built by Crosley were used to carry other racing specials, including those built by Bandini, Moretti and Siata.

This Crosley Hot Shot has been given a complete restoration. It is finished in red with a black interior and equipped with a convertible top. There are four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes, a wheelbase that measures 85 inches, and an overhead valve four-cylinder engine that displaces 44 cubic-inches and produces nearly 27 horsepower.

In 2011, this vehicle was offered for sale at the St John's Auction presented by RM Auctions. It was estimated to sell for $15,000 - $20,000 and offered without reserve. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $19,800, including buyer's premium.


By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2011


2011 RM Auctions - Concours d'Elegance at St. Johns

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $15,000-USD $20,000 
Sale Price :
USD $19,800

1951 Crosley Hot Shot Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1951 sales)
1951 Crosley Hot Shot
Sold for USD$7,810
  2019 RM Auctions : Auburn Fall
 
1951 Crosley Hot Shot Convertible
Sold for USD$18,000
  2016 Mecum - Indianapolis
 
1951 Crosley Hotshot Roadster
Sold for USD$11,500
  2015 Mecum : Denver
 
1951 Crosley Hot Shot SS
Chassis#: VC30599
Sold for USD$13,750
  2012 Silver Auction - Fort McDowell, Arizona
 
1951 Crosley Hot Shot Roadster
Chassis#: VC302278
Sold for USD$19,800
  2011 RM Auctions - Concours d'Elegance at St. Johns
1951 Crosley Hot Shot image  
1951 CROSLEY SUPER SPORT HOT SHOT CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: VC30610
Sold for USD$10,000
  2011 Russo & Steele - Scottsdale, Arizona
 
1951 CROSLEY HOT SHOT TWO DOOR
Sold for USD$6,600
  2001 Kruse Auction - Auburn, IN
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1951 Crosley Hot Shot's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1951 Crosley Hot Shot Convertible 2017 Mecum : Kissimmee$11,000  

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