This tiny pick-up was built by a refrigerator and radio manufacturer in the USA in 1947. Now the little truck is for sale.
In the USA, the land of pick-up trucks and road cruisers, the radio and refrigerator manufacturer Croslesy came up with the idea of building small and cheap cars about 80 years ago. From 1939 to 1952, tiny cars rolled off the assembly line in Cincinnati, Ohio, and they were available in a variety of body styles.
None of them have an engine with more than one liter displacement. Most have a wheelbase of 2.03 meters. The limousines, station wagons, convertibles and pick-ups weigh between 500 and 640 kilograms. There is even a small sports car and a jeep. Remarkable: all four tiny wheels decelerate disc brakes.
Estimate: around 15,000 euros
With its chrome trim and two-tone paintwork, the 1947-built roundside pick-up that RM Sotheby's is auctioning off in Auburn, Indiana is reminiscent of a post-war US road cruiser. It's one of 3,182 from the model year, according to the auction house. Its one-liter four-cylinder is combined with a manual three-speed gearbox and the payload is 250 kilograms. The restored Winz pickup comes from a private collection and is expected to cost $16,000 to $20,000 (€13,480 to €16,850).
On the one hand, the Crosley, with its two-tone paint finish and heavily chromed front end, looks like a US car that has been washed way too hot. A US pickup, if you will, without the usual parking worries. And the purchases are simply thrown onto the loading area.