1952 Crosley Farm-O-Road
The Farm-O-Road was made by Crosley, a company that most of us know
for their equally-cute little cars, pickups, sports cars, station
wagons, and of course their radios. The Farm-O-Road was made in
1950, 1951, and 1952 and they were somewhat similar to the Crofton
Bug, the Crofton Bug was actually based on the Crosley and those
vehicles came out in 1958, several years after the Crosley F-O-R
was gone. Powel Crosley Jr. had already made a fortune in the auto
parts business by the time he ventured into radios and broadcasting
in 1925. His first car came out in 1939 and they were gone by the
end of 1952.
And now for something completely different...a 1952 Crosley
Farm-O-Road early "gator" style of vehicle. This Farm-O-Road took
its cues from the Jeep and the wartime Pup. It has a boxy,
minimalist body with everything you absolutely needed but nothing
you didn't. An AACA National 1st place winner in 1986 and the same
ownership for over 35 years speaks volumes for this mini SUV.
Consignor states this is the first 1950 Farm-O-Road produced based
upon the FR101 serial number tag, however, this vehicle is titled
as a 1952 using the engine number.
Small but mighty could best describe this pre "Gator" vehicle. This
example comes to us as an older restoration, bathed in green and
made of simple straight steel fashioned to emulate the looks of the
ubiquitous Jeep. Much smaller scale though but still using the
curved hood, side flanking rounded integrated fenders and vertical
oval grille. This example is a full open bodied, very Jeepesque and
with seating for 4. Cream painted 12-inch wheels with chrome
Crosley moon capped centers are on all 4 corners and showing some
rusting and age. 12" rubber adorns the wheels and are showing age
with cracking and dry rot. Black bumpers, which are a single
straight piece of steel, are on front and rear.
Wide open to the fresh air we see 2 low back buckets covered nicely
in tan vinyl and a bench is in the rear with matching upholstery.
These are fronted by a fabricated metal dash and triangular support
emanating from the dash to hold the tall steering column and wheel.
In the center is the utilitarian dash with dual round gauges, the
one on the left being a cluster and the right the speedometer.
Green painted metal flooring coves all surfaces and is very clean.
A shout out to the fold down windshield to make your drive even
A lift of the mini hood reveals an all buttoned up and fully
restored gasoline engine. This sums up as a 44ci 26.5hp cast-iron
overhead cam four-cylinder. This was a tiny, but very potent and
surprisingly durable engine. It had a very long production life
that surpassed Crosley by decades. The engine is backed up by a
three-speed Warner T-92 transmission with a high and low range box
mounted behind. The reduction in the range box was 4:1 and combined
with the 5.38 axle gears in the narrow Spicer 23, the crawl ratio
was 70.0:1. The Farm-O-Road had a mechanical traction aid in the
form of brake lever that operated as a parking brake on both wheels
but could also be operated on each rear wheel individually. This
engine bay can best be described as pristine!
No runs drips or errors and even no rust under here as it has been
meticulously restored. Leaf spring suspension, and drum brakes are
noted on all 4's.
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This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia
on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is
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