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The Crossley 19.6 was the company's first post World War I car and was launched at London's Olympia Motor Show in 1920. Deliveries commenced in 1921 and the final cars seem to have been made in 1926. Approximately 1150 were made.

Known chassis numbers range from 16100 to 17141.


The Crossley Register has made the following 19.6 documents available on Dropbox:

Owner's handbook 1919

Owner's handbook 1923

19.6 Parts List

Rotax electrical equipment

Engine and chassis

Crossley 19.6 engine

The four-cylinder 19.6 engine.

Crossley 19.6 chassis

The two-wheel brake chassis .

Body styles

Six-seat landaulette

Crossley Seven seat landaulette

The interior was upholstered in Bedford cord, the front seats in leather. There were two extra folding seats in the rear.

£1170 (1921)
£1095 (1923)
£995 (1924)
£995 (May 1925)
£1030 (1925)
Saloon-landaulette £1125 (May 1925)

Five-seat saloon

Crossley 19.6 four door saloon

£1120 (1922)
£1120 (1923)
£995 (1924)
£995 (May 1925)
£1030 (1925)
saloon-limousine £1020 (May 1925)

Five-seat touring car

Crossley 19.6 four seat tourer

The De-Luxe model was supplied with rear windscreen, luggage grid, Gabriel Snubbers and clock.

£1085 (1920)
£895 (1920)
£795 (1922)
£795 (1923)
£750 (1924)
£750 (May 1925)
£810 (1925)

Four-seat coupé

Crossley 19.6 Four seat coupe

The interior was upholstered in Bedford cord. The front seats were individual with the left one hinged to allow access to the rear.

The car illustrated was built for the Prince of Wales in 1923 with coachwork by Barker. It was painted dark blue with black wings. There was an openable division screen behind the front seats "making the car eminently suitable for both owner-driver as well as chauffeur". It was also offered for sale to the public and might or might not be the same as the ones listed by Crossley.

£1170 (1921)
£1095 (1922)
£1095 (1923)
£995 (1924)
£995 (May 1925)

Two-seat coupé

Crossley 19.6 two seat coupe

Two-door sports

Crossley 19.6 two door sports

£1100 (1920)
£920 (1921)

No longer listed after 1923. The sports models had a lighter chassis section of 4.5 inches (115 mm) as against 5.5 inches (140mm) on the heavier bodied cars, an external handbrake and cut-down windscreen. They were presumably withdrawn on the introduction of the 20/70 model.

The 1924 catalogue also includes a 2 seater Touring car of similar appearance to the 2 door sports.

Four-door sports

Crossley four door sports 19.6

This car was a four-seat version of the 2-door sports.  It had three doors with no door on the driver's side at the front.  Luggage space was provided in a compartment behind the rear seat.

No longer listed after 1923

£1,150 (1920)

The above, except for the 4 door coupé, are all Crossley factory bodies. Many cars were supplied in chassis form to independent coach builders.

Colours quoted in the 1922 catalogue were:-

- two-seater sports - primrose with black leather upholstery or grey with red leather upholstery.

- five-seater tourer - deep green, battleship grey, tabac brown or smoke blue each with matching leather upholstery.

- four-seater coupé, seven seater landaulette, five seater saloon - bright royal blue, deep mauve or neutral grey with Bedford cord or leather upholstery.

The wings were always black.

The prices quoted are from contemporary advertisements.

Four-wheel brakes using the Perrot system were £35 extra in 1924 but were included in the price from late 1925. Front-wheel brake cars have strengthening to the chassis front dumb irons, modified wheel bearings and wider front springs as well as a modified axle.


4 monobloc with detachable head
3 1/2 inches (89mm)
5 7/8 inches(150mm )
Smiths 5 jet Crossley-Stromberg OE-1 (Sports models)
Pressure lubrication of big end and main bearings
magneto - Lucas EB4, ML CG4 or BTH G4
53 bhp at 2000rpm
22 mpg (12.8 l/100km)
64 mph (103 km/h)
0-40 mph (0-65 kph) in 38 secs
4 forward + reverse gears.
ratios - 1:1, 1.54:1, 2.54:1, 3.8:1
'Ferodo' faced cone
open shaft
spiral bevel
ratios - 3.57:1 (touring cars and coupés)
3.33:1 (two seater sports)
4.08:1 (Landaulettes and saloons)
12 Volt.
10 feet 4 inches (3.15m)
14 feet 7 inches (4.45 m)
4 feet 7 inches (1.40 m)
5 feet 5 inches (1.65 m)
18 cwt (915 kg) (chassis only)
28 cwt 2 qrs (1447 kg) (tourer)
32 cwt (1625 kg) (saloon)
worm and full wheel
semi-elliptic springs
semi-elliptic springs
16 inch (40 cm) drums
Hand brake operates on rear wheels.
Front brakes optional.
Foot pedal operated transmission brake.
Artillery type steel wheels
tyres - 820mm x 120mm