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Q: Hi Greg, your Crosley automobile articles recently appeared in our Lancaster, Pa., newspaper and prompts this email. 

I am a product of the 1950’s, graduating from high school in 1956.  I remember in 1952 walking by the Kaiser/Frazer and Crosley dealership in Uniontown, PA, with three friends and having an “encounter” with a Crosley Hotshot.

This happened in the days that the new car showroom window was right along the sidewalk, and there was a display pad on an outside corner of the building.

Well, a new Crosley Hotshot was sitting on the display pad facing out on a 60-degree angle. My friends and I decided to each pick up a corner, and we turned the Hotshot car around. We then just stood there, thinking that it was now in a better view!

Then we just walked away.

That was a long time ago and since then, I have restored several cars over the years. However, I never restored a Crosley Hotshot. Now, in retirement, I have created an all-wood model with a 30-inch wheel base and 47.5 inch length. And, I can look at it from any angle. 

I thought you might enjoy these pictures and thanks for your weekly car nostalgia columns and feature stories. Harry Black, New Holland, PA.

 

A: Harry, I have never seen such an outstanding wood work and design as your beautiful Crosley Hotshot. Thanks for the many photos you sent and I’m hoping to leave enough space for each newspaper to use more than one of the photos you sent. Thank goodness that Hotshot was so light so each of your friends could easily move it.

I, too, remember the new car dealerships from back in the 1950s, and the fact that the dealership you mention sold both Kaiser/Frazer and Crosley models under one room. Nowadays, if a dealer wants to sell different brand automobiles, they need dedicated buildings to each brand, even if they halve to “half” a showroom off with sliding patricians to make it happen.

Thanks again for your photos and kind comments. I also want to mention the excellent Crosley Car Owners Club (CCOC) internet homepage and Facebook pages, where Crosley fans and club members interact. I’m sure you will see your beautiful work of art at these internet sites that have Crosley auto, truck, appliance and Crosley family archives on both CCOC sites. They make mention of my columns when I do features on the Crosley.

Check out Crosley Car Club on Facebook at facebook.com/crosleycarclub and at groups.yahoo.com/group/Crosley. The latter has over 5,000 photos and I want to thank Lou Rugani, Moderator of the CCOC, for the above information. There is also another Crosley website at Crosleyautoclub.com.

Also, if anyone would like to contact Harry about his masterpiece, contact me and I will pass along any requests to him.

 

Greg Zyla is a syndicated auto columnist. He welcomes reader questions and comments on auto nostalgia, collector cars or motorsports at greg@gregzyla.com or at 303 Roosevelt St., Sayre, Pa. 18840.