Post-War Crosley has a streamline aluminum body on an 80-inch wheelbase and will be powered by a new type, four-cylinder, water-cooled engine developing 26-1/2-horsepower. The car has two seats in front and two in back. Bottom photo shows the remarkable new engine.
MI Tests the Crosley ‘Hotshot’
By Tom McCahill
A “warm missile” is one way our English cousins might sum up the new Crosley “Hotshot.” Whatever you call it, though, this brand-new, miniature American sport car should prove a fiery shot in the arm to its big, somber American contemporaries. This new car is something to have fun with and enjoy—definitely not a vehicle to carry crepe at your grandmother’s funeral.
MI Tests the New Crosley
Tom McCahill, Mi’s auto expert, puts the new Crosley through its automotive paces.
EVER since I started on Mi’s automobile test series in 1946 hundreds of letters have come in asking about the Crosley and other miniature pieces of transportation. So here is the dope on the Crosley. To get it I came to Florida, where they seem to be the most popular—and here I am writing this in Palm Beach.
MY TEN YEARS OF CAR-TESTING
Here are the fabulous hits and the colossal flops of Uncle Tom’s first decade as America’s “Mr. Car Test.”
By Tom McCahill
LAST MONTH we completed ten years of car-testing. More than 250 tests ago, in the February 1946 issue, Mechanix Illustrated published the first automobile test articles ever seen in America. Selling this series was tougher than trying to juggle pyramids as no other publication had ever had the guts to write both the good and the bad about Detroit. Since we started this controversial hassel, imitators have risen up like, mosquitoes in a tropical swamp and more guys have stolen our car-testing idea than you could find in all the Federal pens.
4,000,000 Listen to Auto-Radios
The amazing fact and figure story of the radio in your automobile.
BACK in 1922, William Lear, a Quincy, Illinois, radio experimenter, hooked up sixty odd pounds of complicated electrical equipment and sold it to Dr. Edward Martin, of Kahoka, Missouri.
The doctor fitted it into the back of his car and drove off to California. But he didn’t have much fun, he was too busy trying to tune in somethingâ€”anything! Not until he was home again did he think to reverse the power plug, whereupon the contraption worked perfectly.
That was the first auto-radio.
Wire coating represents years research —
WORLD’S FASTEST SELLING SPEAKER
Delicate actuating parts of loud speakers are subject to rust and deterioration. The Crosley patented actuating unit is not affected by the climate. Special impregnable coating covers the wire in the coils. Impervious bakelite instead of cardboard bobbins prevents any retention of moisture. Higher voltage is possible with resultant louder, finer tones.
On duty 24 hours a day, a small ambulance can speed down the aisles of a big factory to pick up any worker who becomes sick or is injured. The ambulance, made from a Crosley station wagon, provides quick pickup service inside the Transformer Division plant of the Westinghouse Electric Corporation at Sharon, Pa. The factory is 3/4 mile long.
A PORTFOLIO OF Cars you’d like to own
HERE’S A CAR THAT CLIMBS WALL
SOMETHING special for the off-the-road motorist: the Hickey Trail Blazer, built by Trail Blazer, 9424 Gallatin Road, Downey, Calif. Designers Victor Hickey, Sam Weaver and Jack Henry meant it for climbing mountains and slogging through sand but it can do its share of roadwork and takes stop-and-go traffic good-naturedly.