1963 Crofton Brawny Bug – U0435
And now for something a little different — with emphasis on “little.” What may appear to be a ¾ scale Jeep or toy replica is actually a real Crofton Brawny Bug. A closer look reveals that this is a serious machine. And different meaning rare. Only about 250 of these were built, and far fewer remain. 1963 was the last year of regular production. They were built well, as the Bug was designed as a farm utility vehicle, and as such it’s a rugged little beast. It sports a serious drivetrain too. With the Brawny Bug came a 53 cubic inch Crosley inline four — 9 cubes bigger than the standard Bug and 10 more horses or 45 horsepower. (A 28% increase!) The engine is well detailed and looks great. Although it’s 2-wheel drive, you’ll notice two shifters on the floor. The auxiliary 2-speed unit turns the 3-speed manual into a 6-speed — with 2 speeds in reverse! The rear end is a rugged (can we say brawny?) Powr-Lok unit for sure footed traction. With only 1100 pounds to move, this drivetrain provides spritely performance and a top speed of about 50 mph. The interior is very tidy with a speedometer, oil pressure gauge, temp gauge, and a custom steering wheel. The black bucket seats are handsome, comfortable, and low-maintenance. After a day of work or play you can just spray the interior with a hose. The bright red body is set off by chrome wheels all around with beefy 26×9.00R14 Quadboss tires. (That translates to 225/65R14 for non off-road types.) The original wheels and 7.50×10 Goodyears come with it as well. This Bug is fully restored and presents as new.
Right down to the flash on the tires. Your kids will imagine all kinds of adventures just sitting still, but the Bug will bring out the kid in anyone. It’s titled and completely street legal just like any car or truck. It doesn’t take much imagination to come up with tons of ways to use and have fun with this amazing Crofton Brawny Bug.
And now for something a little different — with emphasis on “little.” What may appear to be a ¾ scale…
- Rare 1 of 250
- Built by Crofton Marine Engine Company in San Diego California
- Professionally Rebuilt Crosley 4-cylinder Engine
- Upgraded 53ci 45 horsepower
- 6-speed Compound Manual Transmission
- 2 Speeds in Reverse
- Powr-Lok Differential
- Skid Plates
- Chrome Wheels
- 26x9.00R14 Quadboss Radial Tires
- Original Wheels Included
- Titled and Street Legal