In 1952, just 1,522 Crosley vehicles were sold, and production ceased in early July. The factory was sold to General Tire & Rubber.
A plan to sell the Crosley auto division to Nash failed to materialize when Nash merged instead with Hudson in 1954. Crosley's clever little engine lived on until the early 1970s as an industrial and marine power plant.
The Crosley was a car for the postwar motorhead, but it can also be viewed as one of the reasons that small cars did not have much appeal to the drivers of the time.
As Americans were discovering the wonders of automatic transmissions, power steering, and power brakes, with gas at less than 20 cents a gallon, the Crosley was a car that provided prewar motoring in miniature and great gas mileage.
The package brought smiles then, and it still does today.
But it's much easier to be fuel-efficient today than it was back then.
Author Rick Feibusch is an automotive journalist, historian, and classic-car appraiser living in Venice, California. He has been active in the car business and vintage car hobby for more than 50 years. He last wrote for High Gear Media about the Nic-L-Silver Battery Co. Pioneer, a vanished 1950s electric car.