The Crosley

That little car that was years ahead of it's Time



 
 
 
A number of years ago I saw a one page calendar that showed all the Ford 
pickup trucks from the first one to the present day. I thought what a nice idea.
I thought that I might try something similar with some of the car pictures I have collected.
I have been collecting pictures of Studebakers, Packards, Nash, Hudson and Jeeps
for some time now and I first wrote a web page on this page on the Studebaker.
Then one on Jeeps and Packard followed. Then came one Nash and Hudson. 
I have since added a page on old Pickup Trucks, Hudson. Essex and Terrplanes of 
Australia, Volkswagen  Kaiser and Henry J and now I with the 
help of one of my visitors have written one on the Crosley.

These pictures came for a number of sources including web
pages of the manufacturer, news groups and my own.
Since most of these pictures came from news groups there may be a
chance that your car is shown here.

I would like to invite any one that has a favorite Crosley picture or a Web Page
that they would like added to this page to E mail me a copy.

johnmacdoanld@summerville-novascotia.com


 

The page is being written with the help of Barry Smedley, Borden, Indiana.
Barry owns 2 station wagons and a sedan, plus a TQ Midget which are shown below.

This page was last updated on  Jan 4, 2017

A Brief History of the Crosley


 Powel Crosley, Jr. started producing the Crosley automobile in 1939.
Crosley had previously brought us radios and refrigerators in the '20s and the '30s.
His plan was to build America's lowest-priced car.
They were mini compacts on a 80 inch wheelbase.
The engine was a  an air-cooled, 12-horsepower Waukeshaw Four with two main bearings. 
It displaced 35.3 cubic inches. They were bought at your local hardware and appliance shop,
a novel if shortsighted marketing scheme.
The pre-war Crosleys were built in Richmond, Indiana, and the post war cars were built in Marion, Indiana.
The main office was in Cincinnati, Ohio.
All the engines were assembled in Cincinnati.
The 1940 Crosley consisted of five models priced as low as $210.
During the second world war, Crosley developed the overhead cam four-cylinder Cobra engine for a U.S. Navy project. It used a brazed copper and sheet steel block.
This is the engine that was used to power postwar cars.
It displaced 44 cubic inches and  put out 26.5 hp. This engine had some major flaws which caused early rebuilds. This was traced to the copper-steel block was subject to electrolysis. This caused holes to develop in cylinders. Crosley recognized the fault and changed to a cast-iron block in 1949. Prices also became a problem for Crosley.
By 1949 the price of a convertible model had risen to $ 949 and
a station wagon priced at $ 929. By 1948 production had risen to 29,000 cars per year however this years production marked the end of prosperity.
In 1949 production was only 7431 units.
This was ironic because the 1949 model was a much better car then previous models. The Crosley Super Sport was considered the first production model sports car to be built in the USA.
 It was clocked at 98.79 MPH a La Mans raceway in 1951.
The production of the  Crosley ended in 1952.
When Crosley exported cars to England, they changed the name to Crosmobile, so there wouldn't be any confusion with the Crossley, a car that already being produced there.

 

 
Before we start the pictures I received another little Crosley story from Ed Eggert, Jr.
which I want to share with you
AS A FORMER SUPERSPORT OWNER I HAVE OF COURSE FOLLOWED A LOT OF THEIR STORY THROUGH THE YEARS.
WERE YOU AWARE THAT A HOTSHOT WON SEBRING THE FIRST YEAR ON INDEX OF PERFORMANCE ?
THE CAR WAS OWNED AND PREPARED BY V.V.SHARPE, JR.OWNER OF ECONOMY MOTORS AT TAMPA,FL. HE ALSO OWNED THE CADILLAC DEALERSHIP.
FLORIDA EVIDENTLY LOVED THE 4-BANGER, SAMMY CROOK OF ST.PETE BEACH PUT TWO OF THEM BACK TO BACK AND HELD THE HYDROPLANE RECORD FOR 90 CUBES FOR SOME TIME. I WAS AT HIS SHOP(HOME) SEVERAL TIMES,HE BOUGHT ISKENDARIAN CAMS BY THE BUNDLE !!! NEEDLESS TO SAY HIS CRANKS WERE ALSO CUSTOM.
THE REAL KICKER WAS A SINGLE STROMBERG  97 USING NITRO IN A 90 CUBIC INCHER AND AT 10 TO ONE.

And now from the company that gave us the following,
I would like to introduce the Crosley Automobile


This picture was just submitted to me by a friend in Florida. 
It is a 18 Wheeler painted as a Pinto Air Freight truck, for all your 
light delivery needs
For more information on this truck got to Hemmings Web Site

 
If any of my visitors would like to own one of these little cars here is your
chance to have one of the nicest ones around. It's a 1952 Crosely Station Wagon. 
A complete discription follows the pictures. If you are interested you can contact me at  and I will put you in touch with the owner.
1952 Vintage Crosley Station Wagon - $14500 (Carbondale, CO )
This is a very special car for many reasons. One it's truly beautiful. Literally everything in the car has been fully restored and to perfection I might add. I can't take credit for this, but I will give credit where it is due.... My grandfather hand built this car and fully restored it. Years of hard work and at the time I was to young to truly appreciate it. He had a talent and nack for this type of thing and this car was one of many that he spent years of his life working on. This one although the smallest car was probably one of his greatest accomplishments and he told me one of his personal favorites. 

The car itself is a 1952 Crosely Station Wagon. Custom blue with a unique red custom interior. When my grandfather passed, he left the car to us (his grandchildren) and we love the car and all the memories we shared in the process of creating this beautiful classic. But like anything you can't keep everything and we want to find a home for this car. This isn't for everything that is for sure. It's for the serious auto enthusiast who truly appreciates great craftsmanship and attention to detail. Someone who understands cars and the hard work and beauty that goes into creating something like this. Us grandkids love this car and understand what it takes to own a car like this and take care of it. Right now we are just not in positions to store and take care of this beautiful car. 

We are asking $14,500 obo. This car is beautiful and we want (serious) buyers to come and take a look. Message me here so we can set up a time for you to look at the car. 


 
These three cars belong to Barry Smedley  from Borden, IN.
"The green one is a 51' Super Wagon, the blue and white is a
47' wagon which belonged to my dad, he bought it in 1967, it was the
first car I ever drove. Me and my best friend Vincent Porter use to play
in it when it was parked in or back yard, (because it wasn't running!)
we drove to California and back and never left the yard! Anyway he sold
it in 1970. Lost track of it until 1995. A friend of mine saw it about
40 miles from my home and told me he thought it was Dad's. Well it was
and it was for sale. It had been kept in a barn all these years. If it
hadn't it wouldn't have survived. I bought it and this is what it looks
like now. It isn't going anywhere now until I'm gone!
The gray one is a 46' sedan.
 
This picture is Barry's TQ midget, His wife Cindy, and their son Rocky.
The Midget is of about 1958 vintage, it has a complete Crosley drive
train, ( motor, transmission, rear end) The Crosley motor was the one of
choice, until about 1970. At that time it was discovered you could
put motorcycle engines in and go faster.
Also the Crosley engine parts were getting harder to find.
 All Barry's TQ needs to be finished is paint, upholstery, and lettering, 
(and few other small things) I should have it done by next summer.
 
 
Berry has finished his TQ midget and took it to the Crosley Nationals
last week and got second place in the race category. 

 
John Cassiol of Buffalo NY is  looking for an old race car that was called the Little Giant. It was a 1951 Crosley panel truck it had, Center steer, 1 piece rear door, round back bumper and  it ran at the Dover Dragstrip a lot. He is trying to locate it for a buddy that worked on the car in the 60s. 
If anyone know anything about this car please contact me via e mail  or you may contact John directly at 716-868-3702 Buffalo NY or 

 
1951 Crosley Super Sport Convertible

 
The following series of cars are owned by Dave Anspach, Blandon  Pa.
Dave has a panel truck being restored and hopefully we will see it soon

 
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From this to the 2008 Hilton Head Concours
1950 Crosley Hot Shot Interor before
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1950 Crosley Hot Shot Engine
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1950 Crosley Hot Shot
1950 Crosley Hot Shot
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This car is owned by Dave Anspach, Blandon  Pa. and
the pictures were taken 2008 Hilton Head Concours.
Dave had the following to say about his car.
" bought this car as a rusting hulk from the family who 
had owned it since the middle 50's, and restored it here
in a garage at my home in Blandon  Pa.  It is a totally 
amateur restoration done mostly by me.  I have tried to
use as many of the original parts on it as were available.
The restoration was "finished" in 2002 and has been
shown many times since then.  Last year it won 2 
"best of show" awards locally, 8 times first in class. 
It was voted a First place in the VC (roadster) class 
at the 2005 and 2008 Crosley National show. 
It was also invited to and shown at the
2008 Hilton Head Concours d Elegance where it won
"best of class" in the "Outstanding Orphans" class. 
It has a 1951 Supersports as a stablemate and 
I am currently restoring a 1951 Farm O Road"
2001 Show update: This Hotshot won second in the
microcar class  at the New England Concours and
won the"Cars 1951-1960 class at the
Concours of Monmouth County".
1950 Crosley Hot Shot
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1941 Crosley Convertible
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1950 Crosley Farm-O-Road
1950 Crosley Farm-O-Road
This car won its AACA First Junior in its first show out at Charlotte NC and Won Best Microcar at The Hemmings
New England Concour d Elegance in its second show. 
The new canopy top and has gotten a lot of attention.
David has quite the collection of Crosley's. 
He is now working on a panel truck.

2011 Show update: The Farm O Road won 3rd in the
"Cars 1941- 1950 class at the Concours of Monmouth County". 

Update  December 26 2012
David sent in the following update on his Crosleys.
"Just a short update on the Crosley's on the concours circuit 2012.  The Hotshot wont a Hagerty insurance youth judging 
award at the St. John's concours and a palmetto Award at the Hilton Head Concours.  The Farm O Road won it AACA Senior award at Charlotte, first in the Farm O Road class at Crosley Nationals and a Palmetto award at Hilton Head. (there were 2 Palmetto awards and Crosleys won both of them!!) Thet are both scheduled for the Geneva Concours in Ill  and the Keeneland Concours in Lexington Ky." 
These picture was submitted by Robert Head from Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
 
 
1939 Crosley Convertible
Robert had the following to say about this
1940 Crosley Convertible Sedan Deluxe.

" I restored this car in the  mid 1990's. The car has since been sold, and now resides in Jerusalem, Ohio. It was my daily driver in Montreal, at one point. It won the AACA Jr Hershey 1995 and AACA Senior Dearborn 1996 wards.
Purchased through Hemming's, it was a disappointing buy - the seller had seriously misrepresented the car as an older resto that was seldom used. I recd a car with a rotten top, worn out interior, missing trim, and thin paint applied over the metal with no prep work. The good news - there was, under all the paint, only one rust hole the size of a dime.

I drove the car a lot that Summer, then had an accident - nothing too serious, but requiring repairs (I hit a sidewalk head-on at night....I thought it dipped, but it didn't...bent axle, wheels, etc.). So, I chose to do a nut and bolt resto of the car. It took about a year and a half, and 14000$cdn.

When I showed it at Hershey in Oct. 95, it was awarded Jr. 1st, and got a lot more looks than several senior cars - Packards and others - parked alongside it. 
I was then invited to bring it down to Dearborn for the Centenary Anniversary of the American Automobile Industry, where the car garnered a Sr 1st place award.
The following October, I put the car up for sale at Hershey. There were a lot of lookieloos, but no firm offers. In the last hour of the last day, a man shuffled over, kicking the asphalt and lamented, "sure is pretty, I had one of these when I was young, and dated someone very special in it - and have been looking for one ever since". He did not have money with him, but asked if I would sell him the car. Having grown wearing of insincere inquiries during the previous few days, I replied - "come to Montreal next week and it is yours". I never expected to hear from him again.
The following Sunday morning, my phone rang. It was the same man, asking which exit to take - he was 5 minutes away by truck. The car was paid for in cash, loaded up, and off to Jerusalem, Ohio, where it is lovingly kept in a private building and looked at or dusted by a man who recalled a long-ago kiss with a special girl in just the same car.
The car was restored as a 100 point car. The research was painstaking. Parts had to be fabricated. To my knowledge, this is the only 1940 Crosley Convertible Sedan Deluxe that has been restored to this level, and is one of less than 100 pre-war Crosley vehicles of any type known (4 years production of 7 body styles)."
 
 
 
 

 
 
 

Robert's 1950 Hotshot being towed 
by a Bombardier B-7

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1940 Crosley Convertible
1940 Crosley Convertible
1941 Crosley Covered Wagon Woody 
2 Door Station Wagon
1941 Crosley Parkway Delivery
 
 
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1946 Crosley Roundside Pickup
 1941 Crosley Convertible
   This picture was submitted by Tom Gillman, photos
are by Bill Akel. It has only 6750 miles on it. 
1946 Crosley Roundside Pickup
1946 Crosley Roundside Pickup
This picture was submitted by Frank Susa of Oxnard CA
The pictures were taken at the Murphy Auto Museum in Oxnard California. at Oxnard, CA
These pictures of Blossom were submitted by 
Uncle Don Hammond from Virginia 
Uncle Don also sent the following story.

"My first car at age 15 was a 1941 Crosley  Convertible 
and it opened up my world! Long after it was gone my
children heard stories about it and saw the old pictures of it! 
They grew up with my love for automobiles and therein is the tale.........!
 One of them found a restored 1941 Crosley, purchased it,
hid it in his barn in Georgia, got the others in on the plot 
and the cost, and trailered it from Georgia to Virginia
where they presented it to me for my 66th birthday.

Neat kids and a neat car and a very happy old Crosley
driver. I drive it frequently through the community and have shown it a few times........what fun!"
 

1941 Crosley Convertible "Blossom"
 
1941 Crosley Convertible "Blossom"
 1941 Crosley Convertible "Blossom"
 1941 Crosley Convertible
These pictures were submitted by Bill Schulz, Leesburg, FL
Bill had the following to say about these pictures.
"Attached are two pictures of me (and my sister) with the '41 Crosley owned by my grandfather's former employer by the name of Kemp, formerly of Kohler, Kemp, and Kohler, attorneys in Poughkeepsie, NY, in the early part of the 20th century.
Mr. and Mrs. Kemp had a summer place at Lake St. George in Liberty, ME, where the Crosley resided year round, lonesome during the long winter when the Kemps were at their winter "digs," but kept company in the garage during the summer by a gorgeous yellow '40 Darrin-bodied Packard convertible like the one George Peppard drove in the '60s TV series, "Banacek."
 The pictures were shot by my father, William J. Schulz (Sr.), in about 1946."
 

1941 Crosley Convertible
This car was owned by Geri Prohaska
This picture was submitted Nov 28, 2004

Geri writes 
"Scrolling through your webpage, I found the e-mail link to
submit a photo of my 1941 Crosley convertible.  It was my
first car after graduating from high school in 1945.
 I purchased it in September, the War was still on, and used
cars were very hard to find.  The new ones required that you 
get on a waiting list.  The purchase price for the car was
$300.00 from a private owner.  It had a 2 cylinder opposed
engine, and to start it, you had to pull a knob on the dashboard that was connected to a rod, which went back to the engine 
with a series of links.  Once in a while the links would jam
and I would have to get out, open the hood and readjust the linkage, the rod would snap back, and the 1-1/2' of rod that 
was protruding into the drivers compartment would snap back, and all was fine again.
After that car gave up and I had gotten married, my husband and I purchased another Crosley.  It was a green 1946 convertible.  We loved those cars, but had to get a larger car with a family on the way. "
She also mentions that they plan to attend the Crosley car show at the Crosley Mansion in Sarasota, Florida, 
on December 4th.
Geri also passed this little story along..
"My husband was a marine engine mechanic, and after he returned from the Navy, after serving in the Pacific, he kept the '41 Crosley running in tip top shape.  However, it seemed to keep getting stuck valves.  He decided to try putting some Casite through the engine to free up the valves (which was a common product for stuck valves in those days).  He was going to night school  at the time, and when he returned from one of his classes, he put the Casite in, took the car for a drive for about 1 mile from our house.
It seemed to be running quite well, so he tried shutting it off
and restarting.  Well, needless to say, it didn't start.  It is now about 12:30 AM, no one around in a small town, and no cell phones then, either.  He tried to start the car by getting out, holding on the door and the steering wheel, and pushing it. 
When it got up to reasonable speed, he pushed the
transmission into second gear, and the engine commenced to operate on one cylinder.  With the engine half operating, he reached in and pulled the dashboard throttle.  The engine 
then commenced to operate on both cylinders, and with vigor. 
It now became apparent the he had to either make a mad
dash to get into the vehicle, or release it and let it go on its
own.  With much luck he was able to get back into the car 
and get it back under reasonable control and drive it home. 

We kept it until 1948, when he determined that it had a 
cracked exhaust valve seat. Rather than replacing the 
cylinder block completely, we put the damaged non repairable engine into the back seat of the car, towed it to the Crosley dealer, and put it in trade for a 1946 green Crosley, which we
kept for a few years.  If my memory serves me, we paid about $600.00 for the 1946 car. "

 
 
1947 Crosley Coupe
1947 Crosley Convertible Coupe
   
1947 Crosley Convertible Coupe Interior 
Plus 26 1/2 HP SOHC 4 Cylinder 44 cu/in Motor
1947 Crosley One Quarter Ton Pickup Truck 
Plus Dash Panel
   
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Dale Stultz, Anderson IN and his 1947 Crosley
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1948 Fleetside Pickup
 1948 Crosley Convertible
That Crosley had cable brakes, so it pretty much hit things to stop.  When I was 16, in Laguna Beach, Ca., I took my drivers test in that Crosley, I terrified the ride along examiner. 
Took off from DMV office and the examiner, told me to go up that street,  I ran the stop sign, got missed by a car, examiner 
told me to return, got back to DMV, TOLD ME TO PARK, "I asked if he wanted me to parallel park, he said 'NO, PULL IN !,  so I did...ran into a parked car...I turned to him and said 
" Don't worry, front end pulls out easy" ....he stalked out, 
crossed the street, yelled at me to come back in 2 weeks...
I figured I had failed...came back 2 weeks later....my license 
was there at front desk for me to pick up !  My first, last and 
only drivers test.  Oh the stories I could tell you of the 
adventures I had in that Crosley in the 50's in San Clemente/Laguna /San Juan Capistrano.

This is the car that Don learned to drive in at the age of 14.
I would back the car out of our 2 car garage all the way to the sidewalk,
drive forward, turn around inside the garage, drive to the side walk, back up to the garage, turn around inside the garage....repeat over and over for a few hours, day after day.
I asked Don what happened to the front end of the car and
he told me the following.
 

1948 Crosley Station Wagon
 
 This car owned owned by Don Guentnet father, Elkton Oregon  
To see what this car has accomplished look
at the bottom of this section


1949 Crosley Convertible

This car is owned by Mike Bruno
of Canyon Lake, Texas.
who has the restoration almost complete.
The pictures were taken at the Dam on the lake
Mike says "It's a daily driver, I always forget
something so I usually have to drive to town
twice, ain't getting old Fun."

1949 Crosley Hotshot
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 1949 Crosley Hotshot
 1949 Crosley Convertible
   
1949 Crosley Wagon
1949 Crosley Convertible
1950 Crosley Farm O Road
 1950 Crosley Hotshot
 
1950 Crosley Farm O Road
1950 Crosley Hot Shot
   
1951 Crosley Roadster Plus Hotshot
 1951 Crosley Super Sports
1951 Crosley Super Sport
1951 Crosley  Super Sports Roadster
 

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1951 Crosley 2 Door Station Wagon
 Earl Brown in his 1952 Crosley Wagon
This picture was taken the last time he drove it, May 29 1959
This picture was submitted by his grandson, John Dennis.
During the summer of 1943 Powel Crosley Jr heard or an all 
steel stamped, copper hydrogen brazed engine.
Paul Klotsch, chief engineer of Crosley Motors Inc., visited 
Lloyd M. Taylor of Taylor Engines Inc., California, the 
inventor of the engine and Crosley was soon manufacturing it.
The military version ran compression ratios as high as 9 to 1 
on 100 octane fuel for maximum of 36 HP at 5600 RPM.
The 1946 car engine had a lower compression ratio of 7.5 to
1 and horsepower was reduced to 26.5 at 5200 RPM.
The Crosley Mighty Tin
 
1952 Crosley Super Sports
 1952 Crosley Super Sports
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1941 Crosley Convertible
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1941 Crosley Convertible
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1941 Crosley Convertible
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1941 Crosley Convertible
1941 Crosley Convertible, rear seat
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1941 Crosley Convertible
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1941 Crosley Convertible
1941 Crosley Convertible Engine
These pictures were submitted by Tom Gillman, 
photos are by Bill Akel. It has only 6750 miles on it.  The car is
in as close to new unrestored condition as possible.
This car was owned by Geri Prohaska, North Port FL.
She said the following about her old Crosley.
"It was a yellow and My Cocker Spaniel "Bouncer" loved to 
ride in it, and would jump out when he saw a rabbit if the top 
was down. A great fun car.  It was my first car after graduating from high school. Very economical."
This picture was submitted May 5, 2014
1941 Crosley Convertible

 
Mike Bruno of Canyon Lake Texas USA has finally kept a dream that he has had for 30 years.
He in Mikes own word are what he accomplished with his 1949 Crosley Convertible.
And you all thought that the Crosley was just  a TOY.

" I entered my Crosley in The Great race, Texas race and Finished...it was the first Crosley to ever enter the race and it was the most photographed car there as I was told be staff. Here are a few more pix...again another first for Crosley and me, been wanting to do the great race for 30 plus years but never had the right car..hope your interested. I also want to say that Haggerty Insurance did a full story in their mag, I was insured by them...thanks..Mike Bruno."


 
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It seems that there was people and cameras everywhere.
This is a great picture. You can see the questioning
look on their faces in the larger view. It's priceless.
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Can't you hear him say "Hay, What's that?"
And the answer of course.
"That my friend is a Crosley, a 1949 Crosley"
And Mike at the finish line

 
So what happened to this great little car after 1952?
Click on the following links to see just how good the
engine that powered the Crosley really was.
SCOTT STEWART'S HOMELITE-FISHER PIERCE BEARCAT
Fisher Pierce Bearcat Outboard
Adventure Bearcar Marine International

 
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In addition to the ads shown below I have another series of ads in a larger
format for you to view.
Click on either of the two pictures above to go to that page.


1948 Crocley Ad
1948 Crocley Ad
1948 Crocley Ad
1948 Crocley Ad
1949 Crocley Ad
1949 Crocley Ad

The King Midgets
An interesting small car


The King Midget was and in most cases still is considered  "World's Number One Fun Car". This year, 2005 it is 59 years old. Production started in 1946 and ended in 1970. That makes the Midget Motors Corporation was the sixth largest automobile manufacturer in the United States for a number of years of production.
The King Midget featured it's own uniquely designed automatic transmission. This was just about the same time the majority of larger manufacturers began introducing automatic transmissions to the public. Midget Motors' use of aircraft lightening techniques and unit body construction resulted in a strong, light vehicle years ahead of its successors. 
The King Midget began in it's life in 1946 when Claud Dry and Dale Orcutt, who met while civil air patrol pilots during World War II, conceived King Midget. It was to be an inexpensive, affordable car that anyone could buy. They developed and sold King Midget as a single passenger kit car in which any single cylinder engine could be installed. The kit contained the frame, axles, springs, steering mechanism, dimensioned patterns for the sheet metal, which could be fabricated by a local metalsmith, and an assembly book. Later on in the late  1940’s, and through 1951, the Model 1 became available from the factory as either a kit or as a fully assembled car with a 6 h.p. Wisconsin engine.
In 1951 the Model 2 was introdused and this model firmly established King Midget's reputation and incredible ability to perform extraordinary feats. Carrying it's own weight was just one of them.
y 1957 the model 3 King Midget was on the road.

In 1956, Dry and Orcutt changed the name of their company to Midget Motors Corporation. In 1966, a group of investors bought Midget Motors Corporation and Joseph C. Stehlin, Jr. became president. That was the start of the end of the Midget.The company’s financial fortunes declined, and in 1969 its assets were sold to Barthman Corporation, led by Vernon D. Eads. 
Eads tried desperately to revive King Midget. He designed and built the King Midget commuter, a molded fiberglass bodied, dune buggy type automobile, for an American export show and eventual production. 
He attempted to start a licensing operation in both Florida and Canada. A fire at the fiberglass plant destroying 13 bodies and the mold.
None of this stopped the Moidget but  the required new Federal crash test program did.
This along with a diminishing demand for the automobile, caused Eads to stop making King Midget. 

For mose details on this wornderful little car visit the
The International King Midget Car Club, Inc.
 

1946 King Midget Roadster
1946 King Midget One
   

 


1950's King Midget Series 3

1952 King Midget Ad
1950's King Midget Woody
   
1955 King Midget
1962 King Midget
   
1962 King Midget
1962 King Midget
1962 King Midget
1962 King Midget
 
1965 King Midget Roadster
1970 King Midget
   
 
1970 Midget Motors King Midget Convertible
 
   

 
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