The Crosley Farm-O-Road is one of those weird vehicular examples of something that seems like a complete joke but was actually brilliant and functional. This little machine was basically the forerunner of today’s UTVs except it was more awkward looking, smaller, and by and large just kind of weird. Powered by the same little “sheetmetal” Crosley four banger that powered the company’s cars, it could be driven at speeds approaching 60mph (can you believe that?!) and with the PTO could run a number of small implements, pull small plows, and be an all-purpose vehicle for the farmer who had a little plot of land and an equally small budget.
This one is pretty special because it was half of the pair of prototypes made by the factory to send to shows and events. Restored to immaculate condition and then sold to the current owners at auction, it is an example of a vehicle most of the universe forgot every existed in the first place.
While the words may paint a strange picture of these little ruffians, the photos and advertising from the time do a far better job of driving that point home. These were odd even for their time and we’re kind of amazed that 200 people actually sprang for them even for the robust price of $750.00. Incidentally, that $750 in 1952 translates into $6,600 in today’s money. When you look at what’s available for used machines in today’s world for $6,600 you’ll start to understand part of the Farm O Road’s issue. We love the photos of the little truck-tor carting the family to town, especially with the, ummm, robustly built woman in the back we have stuck down below.