The "Condor" range of double deck buses was introduced in 1930. The last ones were built in 1934 when it was superseded by the Mancunian.

152 petrol engined chassis were produced with numbers 90401 to 90403 and 90406 to 90500 between 1930 and 1931 and 90701 to 90757 between 1931 and 1932.

214 diesel versions were made. Chassis numbers 90468, 90481 and 90498 were fitted with 45/85 diesel engines as trial vehicles. Numbers 90501 to 90503 were fitted with Gardner 6L2 engines in 1930. For the main production run 90801 to 90900 were made between 1930 and 1932 and used the 48/100 engine, 91001 to 91100 made between 1932 and 1933 used either the 48/100 or VR6 engine. Finally 91401 to 91408 built in 1934 had the VR6 engine.

A single 3 axle model with Wilson pre-selector gearbox numbered 91301 was made as a demonstrator in 1934.

BODY STYLES

Crossley Condor double deck bus

The first Condor bus (90401) delivered in 1930 with Crossley body.

Crossley Condor double deck bus

One of the Condors supplied to Manchester Corporation Transport Department.

This is 90447, one of the second batch.

Engines used were the Crossley 38/110 six cylinder petrol engine, the Gardner 6L2, the Crossley 45/85 direct injection diesel, the Crossley 48/100 direct injection diesel, and in the 91400 range the Crossley VR6 diesel with Ricardo indirect injection. 

The chassis was priced at £1230 in 1930.

SPECIFICATION

Engine/gearbox/transmission
capacity 6796 cc (38/110 petrol)
8360 cc (Gardner 6L2 diesel)
8369 cc (45/85 diesel)
9120 cc (48/100 diesel)
9120 cc (VR6 diesel)
cylinders 6 cylinder monobloc
bore 4 inches (101.6 mm) (petrol)
4 ¼ inches (108 mm) (45/85 and 6L2)
4 7⁄16 inches (112.7 mm) (48/100 and VR6)
stroke 5 ½ inches (139.7 mm) (petrol)
6 inch (152.4 mm) (Diesel)
compression ratio 15:1 (45/85)
RAC Horse Power 38.4 (petrol)
43.4 (45/85 and 6L2)
47.3 (48/100)
valves side (petrol)
overhead (Diesel)
injection direct
indirect (48/100 VR6)
max power 90.5 bhp at 2000 rpm (petrol)
74 bhp at 1300 rpm (6L2)
85 bhp at 1800 rpm (45/85)
100 bhp at 1800 rpm (early 48/100)
88.5 bhp at 1600 rpm (late 48/100)
90 bhp at 1600 rpm (VR6)
fuel consumption (typical) Diesel - 9.3 mpg (30 litres/100 km)
max speed (approx)
Gears 4 speed sliding mesh
mounted amidships
ratios - 1:1, 1.43:1, 2.56:1,3.68:1
Clutch single dry plate
Rear axle differential offset to off side (right)
ratio 5.75:1