Crosley rolls out the war machine

 

 

Any Crosley devotee knows that the CoBra four-cylinder engine that powered the post-war Crosley's was essentially repurposed from its use in generators that provided many an Allied war unit with necessary electricity. But Powel Crosley tried to offer plenty more assistance in the war effort.

 

 

For example, Crosley built at least a couple different three-wheeled prototypes, the first of which appears above. Even the Crosley Automobile Club seems not to know much about the prototypes, save for the fact that the three-wheeler shared much of its front architecture with earlier experimental Crosley motorcycles.

 

 

The Crosley club seems to think there were two of these built, with photos of a third being a variant of one of the first two. After looking up the Crosley motorcycle entries in Fred Crimson’s U.S. Military Wheeled Vehicles, I’m inclined to believe that Crosley built at least three separate bikes: The first had a single rear fork on the left side and a double front fork, the second a single rear fork on the right side and a double front fork (as in the photos above) and the third a single rear fork on the right and a single front fork on the left. All three, built in the 1940-41 time period, used a rear fender that doubled as a fuel tank, and all three - along with the three-wheeler - used Crosley’s air-cooled opposed two-cylinder engine with shaft drive.

 

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