<b>1949 Crosley Hotshot Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. VC 10131
Lot 169
1949 Crosley Hotshot Roadster

Without reserve
US$ 15,000 - 20,000
€11,000 - 15,000
Lot Details
1949 Crosley Hotshot Roadster

Chassis no. VC 10131

44ci OHV Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
Single Tillotson Carburetor
26bhp at 5,400rpm
3-Speed Manual Transmission
Front and Rear Leaf Spring Suspension
4-Wheel Drum Brakes

*Charming Hotshot Roadster model
*Beautifully restored example
*Equipped with radio and rear-mounted spare wheel
*Perfect runabout for the beach or ranch house
*An early American sports car with a competition pedigree



Crosley Motors

Successful entrepreneur Powel Crosley, Jr., of Cincinnati, Ohio, owner of a broadcasting corporation bearing his name and the Cincinnati Reds baseball team, set out to build a sub-compact car with the assistance of his younger brother, engineer Lewis Crosley. Their first car - a two-door convertible that weighed under 1,000-pounds (454 kg) and sold for just $250 – debuted at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1939. 1941 saw the range expand to include two- and four-passenger convertibles, a convertible sedan, a station wagon, a panel truck, and a pickup, among other variations.

World War II brought Crosley buyers thanks to gasoline rationing and the nearly 50 miles per gallon the Crosley could achieve, helping to keep the company afloat. Many innovations characterized Crosley's post-war years, including the first use of the term Sport Utility, the first mass-market single overhead camshaft engine and first American car to be fitted with four-wheel disc brakes.

The Hotshot sports model was introduced in 1949 and became the basis for countless Crosley-powered road racing specials. Such was the competition potential of the model that a Hotshot won outright in the 1950 Sebring Six Hours – an event that continues to this day as the Sebring 12 Hours.


The Motorcar Offered

Offered here is an excellent example of the charming, cheerful, and competition-proven Hotshot Roadster. These fun little runabouts were built to true roadster specifications: no doors, no roof. Finished in a suitable maroon color accented by cream-colored wheels and a tan interior, this Hotshot had benefitted from a thorough restoration in recent times.

Fitted with a Crosley radio, chrome bumpers and a rear mounted spare wheel, this Crosley looks like as much fun as it is to drive, and will undoubtedly be the center of attention at any car-guy gathering, even in the midst of much more expensive and exotic models. With a competition provenance allowing for eligibility to some of the most prestigious motoring events, it would be difficult to imagine a more crowd-pleasing car at any price point – just as in its heyday, the Crosley offers great value and economy in a smile-inducing package.
Without reserve
Activities
Auction information

This auction is now finished.

If you are interested in consigning in future auctions, please email us at motors.us@bonhams.com or request a complimentary motorcar appraisal.

If you have queries about lots purchased in this auction, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

For all Sales categories excluding Arms & Armor, Coins & Medals, Motor Cars, Motorcycles, and Wine & Whisky:

Buyer's Premium Rates
25% on the first $100,000 of the Hammer Price
20% from $100,001 to $2,000,000 of the Hammer Price
12% on the excess over $2,000,000 of the Hammer Price

Payment Notices

Payment for purchases may be made in or by (a) cash, (b) cashier's check or money order, (c) personal check with approved credit drawn on a U.S. bank, (d) wire transfer or other immediate bank transfer, or (e) Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover credit, charge or debit card. A processing fee will be assessed on any returned checks. Please note that the amount of cash notes and cash equivalents that can be accepted from a given purchaser may be limited.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licences please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.

Contacts
  1. Mark Osborne
    Specialist - Motor Cars
    Bonhams
    Work
    220 San Bruno Avenue
    San Francisco, United States 94103
    Work +1 415 503 3353
    FaxFax: +1 415 503 3300
  2. Rupert Banner
    Specialist - Motor Cars
    Bonhams
    Work
    580 Madison Avenue
    New York, United States 10022
    Work +1 212 461 6515
    FaxFax: +1 917 206 1669
  3. Jakob Greisen
    Specialist - Motor Cars
    Bonhams
    Work
    220 San Bruno Avenue
    San Francisco, United States 94103
    Work +1 415 503 3284
    FaxFax: +1 415 391 4040
  4. Evan Ide
    Specialist - Motor Cars
    Bonhams
    Work Boston, United States
    Work +1 917 340 4657
  5. David Swig
    Specialist - Motor Cars
    Bonhams
    Work
    220 San Bruno Avenue
    San Francisco, United States 94103
    Work +1 415 503 3285
    FaxFax: +1 415 391 4040
  6. Eric Minoff
    Specialist - Motor Cars
    Bonhams
    Work
    580 Madison Avenue
    New York, United States 10022
    Work +1 917 206 1630
    FaxFax: +1 917 206 1669