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"From Powel Crosley's original Ôback-of-the-napkin' drawing of his car concepts in 1937 to the plant closing in 1952, this is a fascinating tale of American entrepreneurship and an in-depth, illustrated history of America's first compact car. The low-cost, gas-saving vehicle was twenty years ahead of its time and introduced a variety of innovations including disc brakes, the Cobra engine that revolutionized lightweight power engineering, and fuel economy that would be the envy of any manufacturer today. Of special note are the more unusual products Crosley manufactured, including tracked vehicles, motorcycles, and amphibious vehicles. Also included are production figures, an overview of the many applications for Crosley's COBRA and CIBA engines, and some never before published facts and photos. "
Author: Michael Banks
Publisher: Enthusiast Books
Illustrations: 50 color & 120 b/w photos