1951 Crosley Le Mans Racecar

1951 Crosley LeMans Race Car Left Front Quarter

A one-off factory-backed racer built by Indianapolis legend Pop Dreyer. Famously raced at the 1951 Le Mans 24 Hour. Presented in fantastic unrestored condition, with a fascinating, well-documented history. A truly unique and delightful small-bore racer for entry into VSCCA, Le Mans Classic, or any number of historic motoring events.​

Stiles and Schrafft faced two obvious barriers from the get-go. They not only needed a car, but they also required official entry into the race. Stiles put his French language skills to good use and crafted a letter to the Automobile Club de l’Ouest claiming to represent Crosley Motors. Concurrently, they sent a letter to Crosley stating they’d secured a slot at Le Mans for a works entry, and all that was needed was the factory’s blessing. Somehow, both sides of the scheme worked. French organizers were eager for another American team and welcomed their entry, and Lewis M. Crosley appointed Schrafft and Stiles as official representatives of Crosley Motors for the Le Mans 24 hour race. Now all they needed was a car.

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