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- Vintage Car Card from Edito Services - ©1992 - 5 7/8" X 5 7/8"
- 1949-1952 Crosley Hotshot (U.S.A.) - Top speed of 77 mph / 26.5 hp
- The Crosley was an automobile manufactured by the Crosley Corporation and later by Crosley Motors Inc. in the U.S. intermittently from 1939 to 1952. In May 1939, the first car was shown at the Indianapolis Speedway. It was a two-door convertible that weighed under 1,000-pound (454 kg) and sold for US$250. It did not achieve sales success, but in 1941 more body styles were introduced. Crosley introduced several "firsts" in the American automobile industry, including the first use of the term 'Sport Utility' in 1948 (although on an open model based on the wagon, not a wagon on a truck chassis); first mass-market single overhead camshaft (SOHC) engine in 1946; first all steel-bodied wagon in 1947; first American car to be fitted with 4-wheel caliper type disc brakes in the 1949 model year; and the first American sports car, the Hotshot, in the 1949 model year. Despite its low price ($849-$952) and impressive performance, the Crosley Hotshot was not a big seller, and production ended in 1952.