Crossley badge Crossley "18/50" and "20.9" cars

 

The Crossley 18/50 was manufactured between 1925 and 1927 and had a new 6-cylinder engine, the first time Crossley had deviated from its four cylinder policy. Approximately 300 were made. Chassis numbers range from 40000 to 40300.

The Crossley 20.9, with a bored out engine, superceded the 18/50 with an initially identical specification and range of body styles. It was manufactured between 1927 and 1931 but from 1929 the slightly revised Super Six was advertised alongside it.

Approximately 1200 were made. Chassis numbers continued in the same range as the 18/50 starting from 40301 to 41503.

Crossley 18-50 chassis


BODY STYLES

"Canberra" Enclosed Limousine

Crossley 20.9 Canberra limousine Crossley 20.9 Canberra limousine


The limousine was given the name "Canberra" after the cars were used on the Royal Tour of Australia in 1927.

£875 (1927)
(18/50 & 20.9)

5-seat touring car

Crossley 20.9 five seat touring car


£675-935 (1926-7)
(18/50 & 20.9)

Fabric saloon

Crossley 20.9 Fabric Saloon


£720 (1927)
(18/50 & 20.9)

Saloon De Luxe


£1150 (18/50) 1926
£795 (20.9)

Short wheelbase Limousine



£1250 (18/50) 1926
£820 (20.9)

Enclosed Landaulette


£895 (1927)
(18/50 & 20.9))

"Aero" saloon

Crossley 20.9 saloon


£750
(20.9)


The above are all Crossley factory bodies. Many cars were supplied in chassis form to independent coach builders

The prices quoted are for the home market and come from contemporary advertisements.

SPECIFICATION

18/50 - 2692cc
20.9 - 3181cc
6 in-line monobloc
18/50 - 69mm
20.9 - 75 mm
120mm
5:1 later 6:1
18/50 - 17.7
20.9 - 20.9
Smiths 5 jet or Crossley-Stromberg OX2
overhead operated by pushrod
Pressure fed to the four main and big end bearings
High Tension Magneto (BTH later Scintilla)
18/50 50bhp at 2750rpm
20.9 - 60bhp at 3000rpm
18/50 - 20 mpg (12 litres/100km)
20.9 - 15 mpg (15.5 litres/100km)
70 mph(110 kph)
20.9 fabric saloon) - 0-50mph in 25 seconds
18/50 - 0-50mph in 39 seconds 
4 speed, right hand control
ratios 1:1, 1.46:1, 2.32:1, 3.74:1
single plate
Open shaft. Fabric couplings.
semi floating axle with spiral bevel drive
ratios 4.5:1 (18/50)
4.25:1 (Super Six)
4.75:1 (open 20.9) 4.92:1 (closed 20.9)
12 Volt.
short or long options
10 feet 5 inches (3175 mm)
11 feet 5 inches (3480 mm) (used on limousine and landaulette)
14 feet 3 inches (4343 mm) (5 seat tourer)
15 feet 4 inches (4674 mm) (saloon)
16 feet 4 inches (4978 mm) (long wheel base limousine)
4 feet 8 inches (1422 mm)
5 feet 6 inches (1676 mm) (5 seat tourer)
5 feet 10 inches  (1778 mm) (saloon)
5 seat tourer 32 cwt (1450 kg)
Limousine 35 cwt (1560 kg)
worm and full wheel
offset semi elliptic springs with optional (later standard) shock absorbers
offset semi elliptic springs with optional (later standard) shock absorbers
4 wheel brakes. Bendix/Perrot system
handbrake acts on rear wheels via separate shoes
Early cars on "Artillery" type wheels. From 1930 Rudge Whitworth wire wheels available
820 x 120 or 5.25 x 21 (1927) (18/50 and 20.9)
5.25 x 21 (Super Six)