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History January, 1953

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Ryan, Dec 22, 2014.

  1. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 21,737

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    January, 1953


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  2. oldcargary
    Joined: May 6, 2010
    Posts: 212

    from devore, Ca

    That's what makes Bonneville so special and the people who race there, they just want to go fast and if it means a Crosley that's cool too. The paint job is awesome...
  3. Babar40
    Joined: Dec 4, 2009
    Posts: 314

    from Florida

    Ryan, thanks for a great year at the Journal with you at the helm. The Crosley just demonstrates the Hot Rod culture of improvising and engineering in all shapes and sizes. Very happy to be one of the minutiae in the lifestyle.
    Merry Christmas to all!
  4. By God, you're right; those lines are reminiscent of a beluga rear-ending an aardvark, but the paint...oh that paint.

  5. Petejoe
    Joined: Nov 27, 2002
    Posts: 12,321

    from Zoar, Ohio

    If only the top, windshield and side windows had a more dramatic contour. Yes that paint design is way ahead of its time. Thanks for all your great posts. Merry Christmas to you and your family.
  6. BrerHair
    Joined: Jan 30, 2007
    Posts: 5,017


    Yes, dig the paint. Gotta love these cars that are all business.

    Thanks for another outstanding year of modern niche journalism. This ship of yours is riding high under your capable captaincy, and us sailors appreciate that! Aaarrggh!

    Merry Christmas Boss, enjoy these holidays while the kids are young, sure doesn't last long.
  7. Here's the Hubbard & Palamides Crosley in "drag strip" trim:

    Hubbard ~ Palamides Crosley at drag strip.JPG
    Jack Hagemann Sr. chopped the top and hand formed the nose and full belly pan.

    "Tommy the Greek" Hrones painted, scalloped, "flamed" & lettered the car.
    Last edited: Sep 6, 2017
  8. awkward in 2014, but was it awkward in 1953? with successful records you would think the design would have been copied. or was it?
  9. I'm waiting for March 53, that's my month :)
  10. belair
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
    Posts: 9,017


    The nose and graphics remind me of pinewood derby days. But not in an amateurish way. I can see why you go back to it. It continues to have something to show us.
  11. autobilly
    Joined: May 23, 2007
    Posts: 3,148


    A happy and safe holidays to all.
  12. I think it's pretty cool and with the times the Crosley I'm sure there competitors stood up and took notice. HRP
  13. Ryan,
    This is one of the reasons you impress me, as you are always thinking out of the box as were the builders of this hot rod. I liked it back in the day (I think it was the paint job) and I still think it is cool.
    Merry Christmas every one.
  14. need louvers ?
    Joined: Nov 20, 2008
    Posts: 12,903

    need louvers ?

    Wow, I have always just flat thought this was one of the coolest salt/strip cars ever! It never crossed my mind that it was "awkward". Still don't think it is! This would be hard to translate into a streetable version, but a Crosley more in the vein of the Batto Trucking drag car is definitely in my future at some point.
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  15. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 31,500

    Jalopy Joker

    Cool - Thanks - Crosley has been used for many forms of racing - Have a Happy One
  16. Think this is a different car?

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  17. Blade58
    Joined: Mar 5, 2012
    Posts: 363

    from apopka ,Fl

    Same to You "Merry Christmas" and "Happy Everything else!"
  18. flamingokid
    Joined: Jan 5, 2005
    Posts: 2,203


    Merry Christmas,Hambsters!
  19. Merry Christmas and a Happy / Healthy New Year:D
  20. so it was copied.
    it looks almost like they used rear quarter panels from a coupe or roadster for the front fenders.
    i think i like the windshield slope on this one better.
  21. A photo from 1952


    Merry Christmas
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  22. 50Fraud
    Joined: May 6, 2001
    Posts: 10,101


    I was a 12-year-old subscriber to HRM when this car was featured. I thought it was a cool looking competition coupe, and still do -- irrespective of the graphics, which I also like. Compared with a stock Crosley sedan, it's downright sleek!
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  23. SUHRsc
    Joined: Sep 27, 2005
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  25. Goldy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 476


    I am also one of those guys that built and raced an "Ackward Looking " crosley sedan. This one is on a 34 ford chassis, early 8 3/4 chrysler rear, packard 3 speed and a 322 inch nailhead Buick engine.
  26. Belchfire8
    Joined: Sep 18, 2005
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  27. EZrider
    Joined: Jan 19, 2006
    Posts: 46

    from Waco, TX

    It probly didn't FLY because it was HEAVY !!
  28. I actually like the lines of the reminds me of one the cars in the old Disney cartoons I watched as a kid. And I agree, the paint, graphics and wheel colors are perfect for the car.

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