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1948 Crosley CC Station Wagon

Classics  /   /  By Chad Tyson

Crosley’s best production year was 1948. Over 29,000 cars were made, 23,489 of which were tiny station wagons. This yellow wagon was recently inspected and said to be in running condition.

The car has the usual dents and dings and the seller thinks the car has been repainted once. It also has spent a lot of time fading in the sun; notice the contrast in one picture from where the rear license plate sat to the rest of the vehicle. The seller bought it as a project — now it’s a new buyer’s turn. But it won’t win any awards in its current condition.

And you’re not going to take the flag at any drag races, either. The Cobra 44-ci engine that originally came in Crosleys produced a very modest 26.5 hp. Most interestingly, they were sheet metal blocks that eventually developed holes in the cylinder walls due to electrolysis. Cast iron blocks were made available in 1949, and many were installed in the earlier year cars.

The seller says the car is mechanically all-original, to the best of his knowledge, but I doubt it. The 3-speed manual is a non-synchromesh transmission, so you’d better brush up on your double clutching skills.

Driving this Crosley won’t be smooth or easy. But its unique looks and the attention it brings every time you take it out will be more than worth the effort. Just stay off of the highway.

Just 35 1948 Crosleys have sold on eBay Motors in the past three years. Good to excellent examples have averaged from $4k to $8k. Click here to see how this one is doing.

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  1. Marty Volkmar August 23, 2012 at 7:04 am Reply

    Apparently the guy who wrote these comments never saw this car. All oringinal parts are exactly as stated whether or not the commentor agrees. Maybe one should look at the car before he opens his mouth. There were some 1948 Crosleys that did come throught with cast iron motors in ’48 and I have two to prove it. Maybe a little more research and less bashing would go a long way. I have been a seller on Ebay for a long time with a good record and I think that other sellers should keep their opinions to themselves.

  2. Donald MacLean November 9, 2013 at 7:41 am Reply

    Some of the 1948s had HYDRAULIC BRAKES using the tiny Mechanical
    Brake hubs!!

    I fully agree with the previous evaluation of the above ad!! EGADS!

    I have owned 13 Crosleys vehicles–have NONE now but belong to the

  3. CROSLEY CAR OWNERS CLUB (CCOC) March 14, 2015 at 11:01 pm Reply

    With apologies to Packard: ask those who appreciate Crosleys and know. Check with the 500-plus members of the Crosley Car Owners Club, which is still dues-free and the home of thousands of historic Crosley archives. Click the link.

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