1942 Crosley CB-42

1942 Crosley CB-42 1942 Crosley CB-42 1942 Crosley CB-42 Convertible Sedan
Crosley used a Waukesha engine that was de-stroked to 2.5-inches with a 35 cubic-inch displacement producing 12 horsepower. It is built atop a 80-inch wheelbase, weighs 925 lbs and is 120-inches in length.

There were only 1,029 Crosley's built from the fall of 1941 until they ceased production for WWII in February 1942. The original price for this Victory Sedan was $350.

This car won its AACA First Junior at Charlotte, NC in April of 2008 after a complete restoration in 2007.

1942 Crosley CB-42 1942 Crosley CB-42 1942 Crosley CB-42 Liberty Sedan
The Crosley Liberty was the only pre-World War Two Crosley built with an all-steel top. Because of the war restrictions on chrome, the hub caps and bumpers were painted.

Of the 1,029 Crosleys built during the war-shortened 1942 production year, only 30 were Liberty Sedans. Because of gas rationing Crosley met defense economy demands with its 35-50 miles per gallon.

The Crosley Liberty is powered by a 35 cubic-inch, two-cylinder Waukesha motor that develops 12 horsepower.

The car was acquired by the current owner in July of 2009. A restoration began immediately and was completed in the summer of 2009.

In sort of 'cart before the horse', Powel Crosley, Jr. pioneered a low-cost radio receiver. Shortly thereafter, he founded WLW, a high power broadcasting station in Cincinnati, Ohio to give his radio's something to receive. He was an individual who dabbled in many different industries, including refrigeration. He created a Crosley Shelvador refrigerator, with shelves in the door. This design would become the standard for all modern fridges. In 1939, he introduced the Crosley automobile. His vehicles were small and offered at a low-cost. The first was a Spartan roadster with power by an air-cooled Waukesha flat-twin engine.

The cars were simple, quaint, and not all that popular. They were good on fuel consumption and city driving due to their small size and engine. After the Second World War, Crosley moved his cars upmarket with a four-cylinder engine designed by Lloyd Taylor for military use. The Crosley was offered in two bodystyles after the war, including a two-door sedan and convertible. The station wagon was added in 1948 and soon became their most popular model.


By Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2010



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