Cars Simplified: Everything Automotive Explained


Crosley was a small independent car maker that produced compact cars from 1939 until 1952, and was based out of Cincinnati, . It was founded by Powel Crosley Jr. made his fortune in the automotive parts and accessories business, before diversifying into manufacturing other consumer products and Crosley automobiles in the 1920s and 1930s.

The first prototypes were produced under the name CRAD, short for Crosley Radio Auto Development.

Crosley cars were the second brand to have built-in radios, and the first with push-button radios. In 1949, it was the first American manufacturer to have disc brakes on all of its vehicles.

1949 Crosley Wagon

Powel Crosley

Powel Crosley Jr. was an inventor and entrepreneur born on September 18, 1886, in Cincinnati, . Crosley made a number of improvements to existing technology, such as the Shelvador, the first refrigerator with shelves in the door, and had the first lights on a major league baseball field installed.