Apart from the modern mirrors, export-model Crosley looks largely original. A LONG while back, I put up photos of this tiny wagon in Havana. Most students of automotive history would have identified it as a Crosley, from the short-lived Crosley Motors Inc. of the United States. As the additional photo above reveals, however, it's actually a rarer yet Crosmobile, which was Crosley's export nameplate. The change was reportedly necessary to avoid conflicts with England's Crossley Motors. To illustrate the diminutive dimensions of a Crosley for sale on topclassiccars.com , a Texas dealer parked it beside a Ford F-150 pickup. It might have fit in the truck bed. Crosley made cars from 1939 through 1952, less a four-year interruption for military production in the Second World War. The station wagon was its most popular model, but it also offered convertibles and sedans, a sports car and even a tiny pickup truck. This wagon is from Crosley's fina
If you still decide to go through with it start with a few "tri-five" ('55 thru '57) Chevys and maybe throw in a "baby 'Bird" or two--after all,nostalgia sells (most of the time).
Anyway, I saw an example of what you meant about "working their magic" when I was on revolico.com last week...there were some photos of a '56 Chevy Bel Air sedan for sale last week..two of the photos showed the interior...it looked like a completely different car inside (dash,door panels,seats and steering column)yet on the outside (except for the side mirrors)it looked like a well-cared-for Chevy (22,000 CUC..it was only listed for a day or so..guess it sold quickly)!!
I just want to finish by saying "good luck" if you decide to go through with it.