Thursday, February 13, 2014

Power To the People!


Back in the good old days, many sports car folks had the idea of sticking a bigger motor in a Crosley Hot Shot to get a little more oomph out of Powell Crosley's racing roller skate.
 No less a luminary than John Fitch cut his teeth in a re-chassised Hot Shot that was promptly dubbed 'The Fitch Bitch.'
I doubt that the owner of this particular Crosley roadster set any records, or even competed in any races in the car.  Having spent way too much time underneath a Hot Shot I'm pretty certain that this motor upgrade - looks like it's out of an XK120 Jag - would fold that frame up like it was made of tinfoil before it got into third gear.
H/T to Arizona Crosley nut John McKnight who sent me a link to these photos on the very cool Motor Life blog.  We'll probably never know what happened to the car, but these photos are a fascinating glimpse into the days when Crosleys were just old cars to be fooled with.  California plates mean that this was likely a rust-free car, probably only 10 or 15 years old when it was repurposed.  I'd love to know what happened to that body in the garage!

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Very nice!

M. Park Hunter said...

Over by the Danville, IL airport there used to be a shed full of Crosleys, including a Hotshot with a flathead V8 (probably a 60) with a multi carb setup. This was in the '80 and early '90s, and they were obviously neglected. Wonder what happened to them?

Сергей Лукашев said...

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