Monday, September 17, 2007

Crosley Amphibian: The Duck

Here's a rare pair of photos of the Crosley Amphibian, also known as the Crosley Duck, in action. The setting is the Ohio River at the foot of Cincinnati's public landing. The date, sometime in 1946. Crosley engineer Paul Klotsch, seated amidships and driving, designed this go-everywhere vehicle at Powel Crosley's request. (Crosley is seated at the stern, and at the bow is some Navy brass.)

It never went into production, but it worked. It ran on the tin block, and a six-wheel, tracked trailer with a canvas top was designed to go along with it. Suggested use: transporting wounded. (Click on picture for larger image.)

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