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Redusernab Truck Thursday: 1949 Crosley Pickup

LongRoofian December 2, 2010 Redusernab Truck Thursday 9 Comments

In 1964, Sonny’s Auto Sales affixed this sticker to the rear of a 1949 Crosley pickup truck. 46 years later, this olelongrooffan spotted it on that truck and here is the story.

In 1965, Rick Delvecchio was living on a farm just outside Vineland, New Jersey when his father gave this compact pickup truck to him for his 14th birthday.

And Rick has kept it to this day. Yesterday while this olelongrooffan was out and about, I saw this behind the RME Automotive building. Of course, you know I had to stop and get a couple images and the story, if I could.

While I was examining this sweet, rare old beauty Rick came out back and we started chatting it up. I asked him if he was going to restore it. “Nope, just get it puttering around, paint my logo on the side and that’s it,” was his response. Mine? “Yeah, they’re only original once.” He gave me an approving grin and took this olelongrooffan into his shop and showed me the one engine, of the three Crosley engines he has, that he is going to install.
It turns out he acquired this motor back in 1983 shortly after moving to Daytona Beach. The man who gave it to him drove up in a Crosley wagon and told Rick the motor in that longroof was his but he had to come get it after the man drove back to New Symrna Beach. Well Rick did and he now, nearly 30 years later, has found the time to put it in his old pickup truck.

I asked why it had taken so long for him to get around to it. Well he took me into the front room of his establishment and pointed out four near concours level Alfa Romeos and his father’s 1970 MG Midget, bought new by his dad. “I guess I had a few other things that had a higher priority,” he commented. On the way back to the work area, he pointed out a couple other Alfas that were awaiting his attention and a bunch of parts for an original Fiat 500. He mentioned that the body shell was due back from the paint shop anytime now.

” I need to get moving on this Crosley or else it will be another 20 years before I get to it.”

Good Luck Rick and I can’t wait to share the completed projects with my fellow Hoons. And know a post about the shiny and not so shiny cars in the interior of that shop will be coming along shortly.

Interesting Crosley facts:
First American car with disc brakes;
Owners included President Eisenhower, Art Linkletter, Frank Lloyd Wright, Gerraldine Ferraro;
Crosley Automobiles averaged 30-45 miles per gallon;
Crosley introduced the term “sport utility” in 1949.

  • BlackIce_GTS

    Reminds me of when my last computer broke. I read the Encyclopedia of American Cars cover to cover. Crosleys are both interesting and terrible, the sort of thing that would be up for Worst in Show at the Concours d'LeMons.
    I keep trying to think of a joke to which the punch line is 'Crosley, Stutz, Nash, and Young.'

    • OA5599

      There was a Crosley at CdL, but it wasn't crusty enough for the top award. No offense intended to our own winner of that top award.

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      • None taken. I was parked just outside the left of that frame, directly behind the Crosley (right where the guy with the blue visor is looking). The rear of two 2CVs also in the Unmitigated Gaul class are just visible here.

        The Crosley's owners were from Texas but they kept the car stored locally for use whenever they were in the area (during Monterey Weekend, for example). They seemed nice enough but I think they didn't quite know what to make of the fact that they ended up adjacent to a much tinier, tinnier vehicle– I suspect it was a first for them. I liked their crash-test theme, which was intended as a tribute to the Crosley that appeared in the driver's ed film "Mechanized Death."

        Curiously, the Crosley connection continued on my drive home. I stopped at the Olive Pit (of course!) and came back to the parking lot to find a woman standing next to my trailer who asked me not to leave, as her husband would be right back with his camera. Turns out he runs a Crosley blog:

        though in this case they were on their way south from Washington in their newly acquired 1962 Plymouth Savoy! They both were tickled to come across an unfamiliar microcar and were happy to talk about our mutual love of Plymouths before we went our separate ways. Good times.

    • What do you call a fleet of vintage cars that belong to a Swiss analytical psychologist who likes listening to Folk rock?

      Crosley, Stutz, Nash and Jung.

  • I cannot be credited with coining that phrase. I think I first saw it on Hemmings blog some years back. But it fits.

  • And I don't even remember what I got for my 14th birthday.

    Those wheels look like they came right off a SC/Rambler.

  • scroggzilla

    A Crosley Hot Shot, as seen at Sebring in 1950
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  • Alff

    I wish you'd posted some snaps of the engines. For years I've read casual descriptions of them (tin block, copper brazed – Cobra) but have thought deeply about the implications). Sure, I could Google it … but I'm lazy.

  • Patrick

    The first car I ever drove, was a 1949 Crosley pickup. in 1979. When I was 6. I actually could drive the thing, in a straight line, in one gear.