The Crossley "REGIS"
The Crossley Regis was manufactured between 1935 and 1937.
Approximately 1050 were made.
Chassis numbers range from 100001 to 101043. 100001 to 100100
were used for both four and six cylinder cars but for later
manufacture 100101 to 100599 were used for the 10/4 with 100504 being
the highest known number. 100601 onwards were for the 6 cylinder Regis
12 and 6. No cars in the 100901 to 100999 sequence are known so it
might not have been used.
The engines were made by Coventry Climax but carried Crossley
The Regis originated when the Scottish dealer Gordon C McAndrew
wanted an updated "Ten" for his use and commissioned C F Beauvais of
coachbuilders New Avon to design the body. This was fitted to a
modified 10hp chassis. This design was adapted by Crossley to produce
the Regis Saloon with the original Beauvais design offered as the
Sports Saloon. Both versions were shown at the 1934 London Motor Show.
The lower built Sports Saloon was the popular choice with very few,
possibly only 6, of the standard saloons made.
The four and six cylinder models were launched simultaneously. The
only external difference between the 4 and 6 cylinder models is the
grille which has a cross hatch pattern on the 4 cylinder and vertical
slats on the 6 cylinder models.
Further details of the Regis can be found on the website developed by
long term Regis owner Peter Caunt at
Six cylinder 12hp sports saloon.
This is the car supplied to the press for test purposes.
£335 (10hp) (1935-7)
£365 (12hp) (1935-7)
£325 (10hp) (1935)
This style was probably only available in 1934 and was effectively
superseded by the Sports Saloon. Compared with the Sports Saloon note
the higher waist line, the different lower forward edge to the front
wings and the taller, squarer windscreen.
Very few of this model were sold and possibly two are known to
Crossley bodied 10hp tourer.
Photo - Brian Surcouf
£340 (12hp) (1935)
Convertible coupé (Tickford)
£365 (10hp) (1935)
£410 (12hp) (1935)
This design was sponsored by one of Crossley's
agents, British and Colonial Motors Ltd., London WC2. The number
made is not known and there are no known survivors.
Other body styles existed, especially on exported cars which were
often supplied in chassis only form.
The prices quoted are from contemporary advertisements.
|| 4 cylinder 1122cc (MC Type engine)
6 cylinder (12hp) 1476cc (JM type engine) or
1640cc (JMC type engine)
|| 4 or 6 monobloc
|| 4 cylinder 63 mm
6 cylinder (12hp) 59 mm (JM) 63 mm (JMC)
|| 4 cylinder 90 mm
6 cylinder 90 mm
| compression ratio
|| 4 cylinder 6:1
6 cylinder 6.2:1
| RAC Horse Power
|| 9.8 (MC), 12.95 (JM), 14.76(JMC)
|| Overhead inlet side exhaust operated by single camshaft
|| Pressure to main and big end bearings and camshaft
| max power
|| 4 cylinder 34bhp at 4500rpm
6 cylinder 42bhp at 4500rpm (JM) or
48 bhp at 4500rpm (JMC)
| fuel consumption (typical)
|| 4 cylinder 28-30 mpg
6 cylinder 21-25 mpg
| max speed (approx)
|| 4 cylinder 65 mph (105 kph)
6 cylinder (12hp) 75 mph (120 kph)
|| 4 cylinder 0-50mph (80 kph) in 30.9 sec
6 cylinder 0-50mph (80 kph) in 25 sec
|| ENV type 75 4 speed preselector
ratios 1:1; 1.34:1; 2:1; 3.4:1
|| Newton centrifugal
| Drive shaft
|| Open shaft with metal Hardy Spicer type joints
| Rear axle
|| spiral bevel
|| 9 feet 1/2 inch (2756 mm)
|| 14 feet 11 inches (4546 mm)
|| 4 feet 0 inches (1219 mm)
| width overall
|| 5 feet 3 inches (1600 mm)
|| saloon - 25 cwt (1270 kg) with two people or
22cwt (1120 kg) unladen
|| Burman-Douglas worm and nut
| suspension - front
|| Offset semi elliptic springs.
| suspension -rear
|| Offset semi elliptic springs.
|| Bendix cable "single anchor" type. Foot and hand brake
operating on all wheels.
|| Tyre size - 5.50 x 16
Pressure - 22 psi front : 28 psi rear
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