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".
D.A.F. stands for Vandoorne’s AutomobielFabriek. The first D.A.F. car went into production in 1959. It was produced with a step-free variomatic-transmission, a fully automatic system using a centrifugal clutch and a v-belt drivea with a limited slip differential.
D.A.F. is a Dutch company that began in the late 1920s as a garage. After WWII, the company started manufacturing commercial vehicles. The economical situation and the success of D.A.F. trucks made it possible for Hub Van Doorne to realize his dream of producing a luxury car.
Created as a light delivery vehicle for tight spaces, the Midget was originally introduced in 1957 as a three-wheeled truck and enjoyed huge popularity among small businesses and delivery services all over Asia. This version, the Midget II, debuted in 1996 to meet modern standards for the same design ideals.
In the early 1920’s, Gaston Daix, a highly-skilled piano maker with a factory in Pessac, near Bordeaux in the south of France, made this unusual ark-like pedal car with a craftsmanship that embodies the timelessness of an elegant musical instrument.