Lot 302

Monterey 2019

1951 Crosley CD Super Station Wagon


$47,600 USD | Sold

United States Flag | Monterey, California



Chassis No.
CD 305972
  • A wonderfully charming example of the Crosley wagon
  • Finished in unique beach-themed Tommy Bahama livery

Just prior to the outbreak of World War II, Powel Crosley Jr. set out to build a car for the masses. His plan was to build a small and inexpensive economy car. In May 1939, the ambitious company debuted their car at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The first model was a two-passenger coupe, followed shortly after by a four-passenger sedan. Unfortunately, the outbreak of war meant his factories were to manufacture bomb fuses instead of cars. After the war, Crosley resumed building small cars and in 1949 introduced the first American car to utilize disc brakes. The new Crosley sold for $850 and could get 45 miles to the gallon. About 75,000 of these small economy cars were sold before closing production in 1952 due to the larger, more popular cars of the era.

This 1951 Crosley Super Station Wagon presents beautifully throughout. The gorgeous cream-and-wood exterior, with its matching tan-and-white interior, shows extremely well. For that extra dimension of appeal, the car is finished as a Tommy Bahama beach-themed van. The wagon is powered by a 725 cc engine and is coupled with three-speed manual transmission. The Crosley station wagon is one of those unique cars that can elicit smiles from the driver, passengers, and bystanders with its quirky but charming presence. This delightful Crosley will be sure to turn heads and bring joy to all those who drive it.