Shall we start the new year with an interesting article? why not!
For those who haven’t read the article I posted on the lightweight jeeps a few years ago, Crosley built ‘extra-light weight’ four wheel drive vehicles called the CT-3 Pup and marketed to the military in 1942. The Pup had a 2-cylinder 13hp engine air cooled motor and weighed 1125 lbs. What I didn’t know was that a slightly different ‘hi hood’ version of the Crosley Pup was also built. More about that in a moment.
The issue of the Pup came to my attention yesterday because Marc forwarded me a great photo of a CT-3 Pup being loaded onto US Navy Bomber May 5, 1942, on eBay.
According to Hemmings thirty-seven Crosley Pups were built before the idea was abandoned, at least in part, due to some weak parts. As in the photo above, here’s another look at the ‘classic’ version which you can view at Mighty Eight Air Force Museum in Pooler, Ga. (more pics of it here) and check out these fantastic detail photos at the Comancheclub.
What makes the Crosley Pup jeep more interesting is that I discovered the following photos taken at the Cincinnati History Museum (Interesting note: the Museum offered a history program on Powel & Lewis Crosley in 2013) of a version of the Crosley that seems to have been ignored. Does anyone know more about this one (Photos taken by Nicholas Massa)? Perhaps it has a bigger engine or was designed to address the problems encountered by the military.
As you can see in the photos, it looks like it wasn’t a post Crosley modification. All the elements look original, such as the grille, which looks like an expanded version of the original. It would be great to get a photo of the data plate if there is one.
1. Crosley Pup at the Airborne & Special Operations Museum, 100 Bragg Boulevard, Fayetteville, NC.
2. Crosley CT-3 Pup at the Mighty Eighth Museum in Savannah, Georgia.
3. Great Flickr from the rear of the Pup. Photo by ‘Rocknrun’
4. Tampa Bay article about the Crosley Pup.
5. Hemmings article about Crosley war products.
6. Crosley Auto Club Article
7. Twenty-seven detail shots of the Crosley Pup from the Comancheclub, including this rare shot of a data plate: