Here is the Duesenberg SJ of the Micro-car world – the Crosley Hot Shot, a car that was so sporty that one of them won the first Sebring race in 1950 on the index of performance! A Crosley hot shot beat the Ferraris! It was on a handicap basis, but, hey, it’s in the record books! Think I’m making that up? Click here for the Crosley Club Sebring page
So Look at the top of the list, # 1, the winner, and it is a Crosley Hot Shot! It beat the Ferrari’s, Aston Martins, Jaguar XK-120′s, Cad Allards, and Mercury Allards. I bet they were REALLY annoyed! But, hey, they knew the Index of Performance rules when they signed up, so no fair whining! A Crosley participated in LeMans in ’50, and was doing very well – again, on the index of performance – when the generator burned out and the car had to withdraw.
In head to head competition, the Crosleys usually raced in SCCA class H or, in Class G if they were heated up with a supercharger like Henry Manney’s Pebble Beach Cypress point light car race 4th place car,
The upshot of all this glorious Crosley racing history is, that if you were to buy THIS Crosley and tune it up a bit, you could make a great case for acceptance at the vintage racing events. Crosley high performance parts have been re-manufactured, and are readily available today.
One fine day in 1977, I went with my Dad to go look at 2 cars – a 390 AMX and this Crosley Hot Shot. They were a package deal, so he took ‘em both. The AMX is long gone, but the Crosley, being extremely small, wound up in a corner of the garage. It didn’t bother anybody, and it was safe and dry. And, there in that corner it stayed, for a really, really long time.
After all that time, it needed a bunch of waking up, which it got, with assistance from Service Motors, the Crosley parts house. the disc brakes were completely rebuilt – that was quite a time consuming and expensive thing to do – as well as a new gas tank, water pump, fuel pump, plugs, motor mounts,and much more. It’s now an easy car to jump in and drive.
No Doors! This car left the factory with a rubber molding around the entire passenger compartment. All the better for reading the condition of the racetrack at Sebring! If you were fussy and wanted doors, they did make a version, called the Super Sport, that had them.
And the original Speedometer and Gauge cluster, in good restorable condition.
You could probably just install these gauges, but it might be nice to have ‘em restored.
While we’re talking about stuff to do, there is a small section of rust showing on the right side, and a bit less on the left side. The paint is very
old, and should eventually be repainted.