Bill Vance wrote recently in the Halifax (Nova Scotia) Herald that "the popularity of English sports cars in the 1950s enticed some American manufacturers into the field. Nash introduced its beautiful 1951 British-American Nash-Healey, General Motors its 1953 Chevrolet Corvette, and Ford its two-seater 1955 Thunderbird. But the smallest of them all, Crosley Motors, had the honour of introducing the first post-Second World War American sports car."
Vance tells of how Powel Crosley, Jr. of Cincinnati, Ohio made his fortune, and then turned his focus on affordable cars, including his little sporty car. Information is available on the Crosley fan club’s website. A second Crosley fan club can be accessed here.
Tom McCahill, notable as a motor authority of the day, "admitted that the Hotshot, and the later Super Sport, which had doors and a 10.0:1 compression ratio, were simply and crudely built to keep the price under $1,000. Although he dubbed it a ‘tin tub on wheels with a fine engine," he concluded that it was "dollar for dollar and pound for pound…one of the greatest sports cars ever built.’"
Of these four cars from the early 1950′s, only America’s Sports Car, the Corvette, survives — and thrives!