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.
The 1947 Crosley
was powered by a four-cylinder engine that displaced 44 cubic-inches and offered 26 horsepower. They had a three-speed non-synchromesh transmission, an 80 inch wheelbase and a length of 145 inches. The 1947 Crosleys were similar to the 1946 model, except a station wagon body style was added, joining the 2-door sedan and the convertible. The station wagon had simulated wood-paneled siding on its rear quarter panels. The most popular body style continued to be the 2-door, 4-passenger sedan which accounted for the majority of sales.By Daniel Vaughan | Jun 2016