This 1948 Crosley C/A Altered dragster is what state-of-the-art in drag racing looked like in the early ’60s. Minimalist bodywork, an extended frame, and one big honkin’ engine. Along the way, you’ll discover some very clever tricks that make the car a fierce competitor, even today in the nostalgic drags and it’s virtually guaranteed to draw a crowd. Modeled after the famous Wild Willy Borsh Winged Express, this cool Crosley altered wheelbase dragster definitely has an old-school look. Just about the only Crosley part left is the body shell, and it’s got a cool look with that little station wagon shape atop that wild chassis. Finish quality is exceptionally good, as if this dragster was built for show as much as going fast, and the bright red paint is as good as any show car we’ve seen lately. The cute little Crosley face peeking out from behind the gas tank has a wonderful appeal and you can see exceptional attention to detail everywhere you look. It’s likely that no in-period dragsters were ever finished to this level, but today it makes a statement no matter what it’s doing, and that’s really what matters. Lettering on the doors has a sentimental look, advertising Frog’s Hot Rods & Race Cars, but otherwise it’s rather restrained (well, for a race car, anyway). We’d be lying if we said we didn’t love how this thing looks.
Location: Lithia Springs, Georgia, United States
See listing: 1948 Crosley Hot Rod (from April 17, 2016)