The Crosley Jeep
During the 2006 MVPA convention in Dayton, Ohio, there were three prototyp "mini-jeeps" on display. I was lucky enough to spend some time with one of the museum owners and she let me do some detail photography on the jeeps. The first one is the Crosley Jeep.
Close-up of the Crosley's hood and "radiator" edge. Of course, the Crosley has an air cooled engine. According to the Ordnance Department Administrative and Tactical Vehicles list (1940-1944) there were 36 Crosleys built for the goverment across two contracts (1810 and 1981.
Another side view.
The Crosley is quite a smart looking jeep and the interior is all business with little in the way of creature comforts. This view is of the steering wheel and dash.
Rear view of the Crosley.
Looking toward the rear of the Crosley from the 'passenger' side.
The Crosley is all about being light-weight. In order to help with weight management the fenders are made of canvas!
The Crosley's dash. While I can't be certain there appears to be two different speedometers. The original Crosley appears to be disconnected when compared to the following picture. The other appears to be a more standard military speedometer. Or is the meter labeled Crosley really an RPM gauge?
The first speedometer (rpm gauge?) has been disconnected.
Another interior view.
Engine bay view showing generator and headlights.
Another view of the engine bay.
Headlight and grill detail.
Engine bay view toward dash.
Crosley jeep hood detail
Viewing the Crosley in such detail made the trip to Dayton all the more worth the while!
|Picture Sources: Infantry Journal, Nov-Dec 1940|
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