When Crosley ceased production, the rights to the Crosley engine changed hands several times. During this period, the engine was manufactured and sold as a stationary engine for use by the military and for boat motors.
Probably the most advanced automobile manufacturer in America during the post-WWII years was Crosley, a radio and refrigerator manufacturer. They pioneered the production of quality small cars for a nation raised on cheap fuel and high speed.
Powell Crosley, Jr. is famous for making millions by producing Crosley radios and Shelvador refrigerators. Mr. Crosley also had a passion for cars, and believed America was ready for a small economy car.
The Crosley automobile was the brain child of Powel Crosley, who had already made his fortune as a direct-mail marketer, a radio and appliance manufacturer, owner of WLW (the "Nation's Station") and the Cincinnati Reds baseball team.
In March 1957, this minimalist vehicle, first introduced as the Cyclops Two appeared in the pages of Road & Track (R&T). It was seen in the form of a mad-capped illustrated narrative, entitled “Beyond Belief".