Full Throttle Thursday

In this week's addition of Full Throttle Thursday, we would like to recognize a car ahead of its time!  A car that, when it was first introduced in 1939, was smaller than the competition, had excellent gas mileage, and disc brakes.  A car so narrow it could fit through the double doors of a department store so that it could be sold alongside the appliances made available by its famous parent company.  A car that -- we're talking about the Crosley, folks.  Enough drama.  We don't want your blood pressure to increase in anticipation.

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Powel Crosley Jr. was a business innovator who dabbled in pretty close to anything, but all he really wanted was to be the next big name in automobile production. His modest ambition was to replace Henry Ford as the number one seller of cars in the nation.  Alas, his fantasy never came true, but towards the end of the Great Depression, his small, economical cars became THE big thing. And then, after World War II was over, they became less of a big thing.  Then less.  Then they stopped selling.  Before 1953, they were done. A blip on the automotive timeline.  But they made their impact, with many people in the know describing Crosleys as the first sports car ever produced in the United States.  Now, long out of production, the best way to enjoy these charming beauties is to come to the American Treasure Tour to enjoy our Crosleys, or to go back in time to the late-30's to see a brand new one!  Coming to the Tour is easier....