Lot Number
288
language

1949 Crosley Farm-O-Road Prototype

Sold For $32,775

Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee.

RM | Auctions - THE BRUCE WEINER MICROCAR MUSEUM 15 - 16 FEBRUARY 2013


ID No.
R209900A01

The original prototype.

SPECIFICATIONS

Manufacturer: Crosley Motors, Inc.

Origin: Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.A.

Production: 2 (total built: 600)

Motor: Crosley COBRA 4-cyl., 4-stroke

Displacement: 724 cc

Power: 26.5 hp

Length: 8 ft. 7 in.

Identification No. N/A

Powel Crosley Jr. was a talented and successful entrepreneur, inventor, and industrialist who pioneered radio and television broadcasting, produced a line of radios and home appliances, and a line of subcompact automobiles. His pre-war automobiles, in a variety of body styles, used a two-cylinder Waukesha motor. In 1946, he adapted the wartime generator motor, also the first mass-production overhead camshaft motor, called the COBRA (for COpper BRAzed water jackets) for use in his automobiles. This was superseded by the CIBA (Cast Iron Block Assembly) in 1949, and these motors were again fitted to a bewildering range of Crosley body styles.

Crosley also had an interest in farming, and he developed his ground-breaking, small utility tractor-cum-road vehicle during the late forties. It became available in June 1950, with power takeoffs and a long list of accessory plows, harrows, cultivators, mowers, and even snow skis, as well as weather protection gear for family road use. Sold until 1952, it re-emerged briefly as the Crofton Bug.

This vehicle is one of the two actual prototypes built and is the actual one pictured in the factory literature. The whereabouts of the second is unknown, making this particular vehicle a truly rare example worthy of consideration.



Suggested lots

16 - 17 January 2020

Arizona

Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona

RM | SOTHEBY'S

5 February 2020

Paris

Place Vauban, Paris, France

RM | SOTHEBY'S