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Old 04-28-2010, 10:13 AM   #3101
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Well, yes, that's what the lists said. And that's why I brought the subject up.
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Old 04-28-2010, 10:15 AM   #3102
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Jordan did not have a corner on the STYLE market! This is a '28 REO Wolverine. Everybody always talks about the REO Royale, Flying Cloud and the Speed Wagon. Let's add the seldom-mentioned (and apparently quite rare) Wolverine. After '29, REO dropped the Wolverine to concentrate on two versions of the Flying Cloud, FYI.


'28 Wolverine in New Zealand
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Old 04-28-2010, 10:17 AM   #3103
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I was referring to the late'40s Pup. I wasn't aware at all of the Scripps-Booth Pup. Interesting!
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Old 04-28-2010, 11:25 AM   #3104
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I was surprised to learn that Crosley cars didn't totally die out
after Powell Crosley stopped the struggle. In searching for the
late-'40s Pup, I instead found a revival of the Crosley Farm-O-
Road from a decade later: the Crofton Bug!


1959 Crofton Bug, with thanks to MotorTopia. All parts interchange with Crosleys.




From 1959 through 1962, a revamped version of the Crosley
Farm-O-Road was produced by Crofton Marine Engine Co. as
the Crofton Bug. W.B. Crofton, a successful GMC and Detroit
Diesel products dealer started producing Bugs in San Diego.

Crofton made many, mostly minor, modifications to expand
the utility potential of the little jeep-like vehicles. Length grew
to 105 inches, permitting a half-ton payload, though the Bug
itself weighed just 1,100 pounds. A pepped-up version of the
old Crosley engine produced 35 hp from 44-CID. And a three-
speed synchromesh trans (later optioned to a six-speed com-
pound trans) replaced the old Crosley "crash box" tranny.

Besides the traditional farm implements, the Bug's option list
grew to include a tow bar, snowplow, trailer hitch, pintle hook,
dual rear wheels, electric winch and more. Expanding the
vision to commericial applications and not just farming, the
Bug was touted for use by mail carriers, hunters, fishermen,
campers, meter readers and vacationers.

From 1959 through '62, some 200-250 Crofton Bugs were made,
though it's said left-over Bugs were still listed in 1963.




And here's the original Crosley Farm-O-Road prototype in the Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum, Madison, GA.
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Old 04-28-2010, 01:35 PM   #3105
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From an article from Hemmings:
Not since the industry's earliest years were such a bizarre, head-scratching variety of vehicles conceptualized. In 1948, a Kansas City entrepreneur introduced the Gregory, a rear-engine, front-drive sedan that looked most like a shorted Saab 92. The prototype was also the last one built. Then there was the Gadabout, a three-passenger roadster on an MG chassis that largely resembled a beached, shorn platypus. Another proposal was the Pup, a tiny, two-passenger runabout that could have just as well been made by Fisher-Price.

And there was also a Crosley Pup which was their 4 x 4 prototype they tried to sell to the army as a jeep.
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Old 04-28-2010, 02:11 PM   #3106
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May I present...................the "Pup!"



found here:
http://minutia-microcarsminicars.blogspot.com/
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Old 04-28-2010, 02:29 PM   #3107
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Bravo SWI66
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Old 04-28-2010, 04:14 PM   #3108
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I found a Life magazine picture of moviestar Steve McQuinn.
Belived first it was a Jaguar E, but it cant be? It seems smaller, an unknown taillights, and opening in the rear, to luggage? or is it just a VW
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Old 04-28-2010, 04:20 PM   #3109
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I found a Life magazine picture of moviestar Steve McQuinn.
Belived first it was a Jaguar E, but it cant be? It seems smaller, an unknown taillights, and opening in the rear, to luggage? or is it just a VW

That's a '57 xkss jaguar
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Old 04-28-2010, 07:51 PM   #3110
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That's a '57 xkss jaguar
See Post #2470

This 1956 Jaguar XKSS was a part of
Steve's personal garage of cars



Steve
loved to drive this car FAST.

He collected so many speeding tickets in it that he had his drivers license suspended twice.

On one occasion, when with his 6 months pregnant wife Neile in the passenger seat, he was pulled over for speeding, he came up with the false excuse that she was in labour. The police dutifully raced them to the hospital, where a nurse rushed out to help Neile.

After the police had departed Steve informed the nurse that it was a 'False Alarm', and led Neile back to the Jag. Writer William Nolan quotes Steve on the incident: Neile was pissed. She didn't speak to me for the rest of the day. But, by God, it worked. I didn't get the ticket!

Steve originally purchased the car in 1959, then sold it in 1969, but nostalgia got the best of him and he repurchased it in 1977, owning it till his death in 1980.

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Old 04-28-2010, 11:35 PM   #3111
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The XKSS was just staring to go into full production when the Jaguar factory caught fire and burned to the ground.
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Old 04-29-2010, 06:32 AM   #3112
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Yes, indeedy, GONGRATS, SWI! I wonder who was behind it, where it was
made, what was in the boot, etc.

THERE ARE SOME OTHER KEEN ONE-OFFS & WEIRDOS IN YOUR LINK THERE WHICH MOSTLY DON'T EVEN APPEAR ONLY ANYBODY LISTS, TOO!

And your snippet from Hemmings alludes to Ben Gregory without saying much about him. We need to cover him at some point. Not only did he invent cars all his life, he was also ALMOST as "interesting" an hombre as good old Martin VanZandt (the guy who swiped his own Revere cars and sold them across the country as Richelieus). The industry has has more than its share of characters!
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Old 04-29-2010, 06:40 AM   #3113
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Even if we DID already touch on this, it's good to see
it pop up again, 'cause it is a TRULY ICONIC shot! How
often do you see TWO legends in the same pic?
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Old 04-29-2010, 06:54 AM   #3114
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Yes, indeedy, GONGRATS, SWI! I wonder who was behind it, where it was
made, what was in the boot, etc

Hey Jimi-

Pup Motor Car Co., Spencer, Wis.
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Old 04-29-2010, 07:00 AM   #3115
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SWI, this great COLOR shot of the one-and-only Surlesmobile is on that link you showed. All we had before was a grainy newspaper clipping. Thanks again!

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Old 04-29-2010, 07:05 AM   #3116
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Pup Motor Car Co., Spencer, Wis.

Thanks, HJ! MY bad. I guess we know where MY head was! LOL

(This PUP sort 'o resembles the Eshellmans, though.)

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Old 04-29-2010, 08:37 AM   #3117
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1980 Freeway. This street legal car went 60 miles per hour got 100 miles per gallon.
Manufactured in Minnesota by High Mileage Vehicles Corp, less than 1000 Freeways and Freeway IIs
were built between 1979-1982. This Freeway originally had a Kohler 11 horsepower, 1 cylinder engine,
that has been replace with a more powerful 2 cylinder Honda motorcycle engine.
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Old 04-29-2010, 09:16 AM   #3118
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I searched the thread & I don't think this has been covered. HJ, kinda resembles a Henry J, doesn't it? Wish there were a better picture, but at least we have this one from the link SWI posted yesterday!



'49-'50 Airway, T.P. Hall Engineering Co., San Diego, CA
[Source: Flory, J. "Kelly", Jr. American Cars 1946-1959
(Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Coy, 2008), p.1016.]
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Old 04-29-2010, 09:33 AM   #3119
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How about the 1935 Stout Scarab (called the worldís first mini-van, one of only six ever made) can be seen at the Owls Head Transportation Museum in Owls Head, Maine.

The 1935 Stout Scarab was the brainchild of William B. Stout, an aircraft and automobile engineer and writer. Stout, who had risen to fame as the chief engineer and designer of the Ford Tri Motor airplane, decided to go into the automobile business after a tiff with Ford's aviation department in 1932. His company, Stout Engineering Laboratories of Detroit, MI, was charged with the task of designing a building a van-like vehicle very much like the three-wheeled Dymaxion car created by noted inventor Buckminster Fuller.
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Old 04-29-2010, 09:40 AM   #3120
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They also have a Cricket
http://www.ohtm.org/38crick.html
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