1942 Crosley CB42 Convertible Cabriolet 

For consignment and fresh out of barn storage, this extremely rare pre war 1942 CB42 Convertible Cabriolet from Crosley.  Produced prior to the beginnings of World War II and one of the approximate 1,029 units built during that time, this mini skate has seen better days but is still holding its own and is fairly complete with including the convertible canvas.  In 2019 the Crosley Automobile Club stated that less than 80 Crosleys are accounted for of all the body styles built for the 1942 model year and we aren’t certain if this unit is in that number count.  Either way, it’s small, it’s rare, and frankly I’m in absolute love with all of its charm and styling that still holds strong today.



Small and quirky would best describe this pint sized drop top.  This example shows as unrestored in a patina riddled black finish overtop the factory Sequoia Cream.  Dents and dings abound with evidence of body filler in a few areas, and some invasive rust has eaten through the seam between the body and back of the driver’s and passenger’s fender joint.  Much smaller scale than other cars of the day, but still using similar styling with pontoon fenders with horizontal grille bars cut in down low on the front and an overall parrot beaked appearance to the leading edge of the car and V-shaped hood.  Brackets for the front bumper are seen but the bumper itself is gone and replaced by a thin black metal strip.  The fenders slowly thin as they dip down and melt into the pint sized running boards under the cabriolet style framed doors.  These running boards thin out as they run rearward and meet up with the arched rear fenders.  Chrome is kept to a minimum with only the door handles and back bumper with the driver’s handle being surface rusted and pitted.  The framework for the manually folding top is present and the canvas covering has undergone several and sundry repairs including caulk, duct tape and stitching, but it still suffers from dry rot, staining and seams pulling away due to thread stitching rotting away.   Moving around back we note a stylish angled rear body tub, reminiscent of the Ford convertible sedans of a few years earlier, with a single tail light on the left hand side and a mustache thin bumper in black below.   Red painted 12-inch wheels with chrome Crosley moon capped centers are on all 4 corners to finish things off.  Also this car does have its hood ornament but is missing the hood side panel Crosley badging.


Swinging open the light but long doors we see the remnants of 2 low back buckets covered with reddish brown vinyl and in the back we see a simple red bench.  The seats are in need of recovering with the front buckets missing their upper padding and vinyl covers and the seats are in poor cracked and open to stuffing condition.  These are fronted by a Sequoia Cream metal dash with trio of circular aged white faced Crosley gauges in dash central.  A few knobs and pulls surround the gauges as well as the ignition switch.  Facing the passenger is a small metal glovebox door.  Surface rust and steel patches make up the flooring and from under the dash rises the long arm black ball topped shifter.  Rounding out our tour we can see a structurally sound top framing in place.


A lift of the mini hood reveals an unrestored engine bay that holds a 35.3ci air cooled flat 2 cylinder engine.  This tiny mill is capable of producing 12hp and is fed by a 1-barrel carburetor.  A bit of trivia for those out of the know…the flywheel design, while not only coupling the engine to the transmission also works to help keep the engine cool.  Think of it as a fan of sorts.  The engine is backed up by a three-speed transmission which sends power to a 5.40 geared rear axle.  


A healthy dose of patina, surface rust and some invasive rust on the flooring greets us with a look underneath.  The frame structure appears solid, but a serious amount of investigation should be performed to verify everything is intact.  The bar to hold the front bumper has been rusted through at the curved mounting bar below the body mounting bolts.  Leaf spring suspension is seen up front and in the rear are quarter elliptical leaf springs.  Drum brakes are noted on all 4’s.  

A rarity among rarities and possibly one of less than a handful left in existence.  Yes, it needs TLC on all fronts, but it’s fairly complete, easy to work on and won’t take up much space in your garage.  And the fruits of your labor could have you looking like a million bucks.  Maybe even add the optional Crosley radio for some period correct kewl factor.oh honey, clean the nicknacks out of the garage…I may be bringing home a small piece of history.


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