In the 1930s Crossley joined in the enthusiasm for streamlining, designing a car using Sir Dennistoun Burney's patents and with the engine from the Silver rear mounted. Although more conventional looking and smaller than Burney's own cars, it was still too "different" to sell and was expensive. Two complete cars, one with registration BGU 217 in the collection of the British National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, another in private hands and a few remains of a third survive.
The Streamline was launched at the 1933 London Motor Show. About 20 were made. Known chassis numbers range from 17/103 to 17/116.
The car is sometimes described as the Crossley Burney or the Crossley RE (rear engined) but it was always officially known as the Streamline.
The car was originally advertised in 1934 at £750 but there must have been few customers as by 1935 it was being offered at £395.
The top photo shows the car at Brooklands during a road test.
All cars are thought to have been fitted with Crossley bodies.
The prices quoted are from contemporary advertisements.
|RAC Horse Power||15.7|
|valves||overhead valves operated by push rod|
|max power||60 bhp at 4200 rpm|
|fuel consumption (typical)||20-25 mpg|
|max speed (approx)||80 mph|
|acceleration|| 0-50 mph - 21 seconds
0-60 mph - 29 seconds
|Gears|| Wilson Preselector
ratios 1:1, 1.34:1, 2:1, 3.4:1
|Clutch||Borg and Beck "Cush drive"|
|Drive shaft||Rear engined. Drive via Cardan Shafts.|
|Rear axle|| spiral bevel
|wheelbase||9 feet 8 inches|
|length||15 feet 5 inches|
|track|| front 4 feet 8 inches
rear 3 feet 7 inches
|width overall||5 feet 6 inches|
|weight||33 1/2 cwt (with 2 occupants)|
|suspension - front||Independent by transverse spring. Luvax hydraulic shock absorbers.|
|suspension -rear||Independent. Semi elliptic springs. Luvax hydraulic shock absorbers.|
|brakes||Pedal and handbrake operate on all wheels.|
|wheels/tyres||wire wheels. Tyre size - 5.25 x 18|