Hemmings Find: 1950 Crosley Hotshot For Sale in Maine
This clean '50 Hotshot popped up on the Hemmings Blog the other day. It is supposed to be super solid and runs great. Sure looks nice in the pictures.
Owner claims it was recently reawakened after a long storage, and that's kinda what it looks like. Gauges and carpet appear to be faded, and the upholstery could definitely use some attention. But, the paint looks pretty nice, it's got the accessory doors, and you can't argue with the radio in the dash. On the down side, I'm not sold on the red steering wheel, I think the taillight lenses are wrong and something looks weird about the rear gravel pan.
Seller is asking $7950, which would have been nuts just a couple of years ago, but prices on these have been going up. I'd want to know if the floors and sills look as good as the rest of the car, and if it has the top assembly, but it might be worth a call for an East Coaster who knows how to haggle.
I spend somewhere near 40% of my waking hours obsessing over old cars. Usually, this obsessing revolves around an improbable American micro car from the midcentury period-- the Crosley. My fascination began with a quest to strip down my life by driving the world's simplest car.
Turns out that nothing is as simple as it seems.