1950 Crosley Hot Shot

It is largely forgotten, but a Crosley Hot Shot accomplished a milestone in racing history. One of these tiny little cars, powered by just 724 cc, driven by Ralph Deshon and Fritz Koster won the inaugural running of the Sam Collier Memorial Grand Prix at Sebring, Florida, America's first internationally sanctioned road race. In the process it beat Ferraris, Cad-Allards, Jaguars and Aston Martins. It did so, it must be admitted, not on speed (it completed 89 laps in the allotted six hours compared with the 109 laps done by one of the Cad-Allards) but triumphed on the complicated Index of Performance which was used only for this first running of the Sebring enduro. The Sebring winner was stock (it even had doors, a $50 option) so this dual carburetor Hot Shot should be even faster. It has been very nicely and thoroughly restored with a rear-mounted spare, chrome windshield frame, hubcaps and bumpers. The engine bay is very nicely detailed. Finished in red with tan vinyl upholstery and a matching tan cloth top, it is a sharp and tidy little example of its kind, one of only 742 built and as cute as a bug in a rug.

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