The BGV1 (British General Vehicle Type 1), also known as the Light Six 20-30, was produced in 1926 in response to the British War Office's requirement issued in 1925 for a light six wheel chassis with 20-30 cwt payload. It was powered by the 4 cylinder 2388 cc engine introduced in 1922 in the 14hp car. It was supplied to the British Army and Royal Air Force.

In 1927 the chassis was revised rising up behind the driving position and the designation was changed to BGV2.

Chassis numbers were in either the 25xxx range.

A Kegresse half track version was also made with chassis numbers in the series 60151-60195


Crossley BGV2 staff car

BGV2 with staff car body.

Photo - Imperial War Museum collection

Crossley BGV2 machine gun carrier

BGV2 machine gun carrier.

Photo - Imperial War Museum collection


capacity 2388 cc
cylinders Four
bore 3⅛ inches (80mm)
stroke 4¾ inches (120mm)
compression ratio 4.67:1
RAC horsepower 15.6
valves side
lubrication pressure fed to bearings
ignition magneto
carburettor Solex 26MV
max power 31bhp at 2400 rpm
fuel consumption (typical)
max speed (approx)
Final Drive
Clutch single dry plate
Axle Front - beam axle
Rear - twin axle bogie