From the LeMay Collection,1951 Crosley Super Wagon  Chassis no. CD305293

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Lot 32
From the LeMay Collection, 1951 Crosley Super Wagon
Chassis no. CD305293

Sold for US$ 5,265 inc. premium
From the LeMay Collection
1951 Crosley Super Wagon
Chassis no. CD305293
Industrialist Powel Crosley Jr had already found success in broadcasting as the owner of Crosley Broadcasting Corporation when he decided to build a subcompact car for the American market. Initial production began in 1939, pausing from '42 until '46 for World War II.

After WWII, pent up demand for reliable and economical cars exploded, with BMW Isettas, Messerschmitt KR200s and Vespa 400s (please see lot 115) dotting the landscape...in Europe. In America, excitement for the little cars was a bit more subdued. With American demand for small cars floundering, production ceased in 1952.

The Super Wagon was Crosley largest offering, measuring 12' 6" overall (9.75" shorter than a VW Beetle). Despite its diminutive size, it was quite innovative, featuring a monocoque aluminum body and a 725cc overhead valve four-cylinder that produced 27bhp-enough to propel the car to 75mph.

The example offered here is a California Black Plate car, indicating a life on the West Coast. Previously repainted, it has hardboard door panels and is mounted with a trailer hitch. Offered with a Washington Certificate of Title.

Without reserve

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  • This vehicle is offered on a Bill of Sale, not a Certificate of Title.
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