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Base price of the Farm-O-Road was $795, while options included dual rear wheels, a pickup bed with or without hydraulic dump, front and rear PTO, hydraulic drawbar, top and side curtains, and a rear seat. Attachments (10-inch plow, spike tooth and disk harrows, planter, seeder and cultivator) were available, along with a sickle bar mower and a 3-gang reel mower.
The Crosley Farm-O-Road remained in the line from August 1950 until Crosley Motors Inc. went out of business in July 1952. Crofton Marine Engineering, San Diego, acquired the rights to build the vehicle and reproduced the Farm-O-Road as the Crofton Bug and the Crofton Brawny Bug from about 1959 until 1963. No one knows how many Farm-O-Roads were sold, but it’s estimated that between 200 and 250 Crofton Bugs were built.
With his tiny farm vehicle as with his compact cars, Powel Crosley was ahead of his time. Nowadays, many farmers use small, all-terrain vehicles to pull light loads and do chores, jobs for which the Crosley Farm-O-Road would have been ideal, especially if it had been upgraded with all-wheel drive. FC
Sam Moore grew up on a farm in western Pennsylvania. He now lives in Salem, Ohio, and collects antique tractors, implements and related items. Contact Sam by email email@example.com.
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