In 1923 the Government of India, then still under British rule, issued a specification for a basic but rugged goods vehicle with a cargo capacity of 30 cwt (1500kg).
To meet this Crossley designed a vehicle that they designated as the Indian Government Lorry or IGL. (After further versions appeared, the original became known as the IGL1.)
As well as India, the IGL was also sold on the home market and to South Africa and Canada. The chassis was also used to carry an armoured car body and when used for this purpose was designated as the IGA.
The engine used was the 4531 cc unit from the 25/30.
Chassis numbers were in the 30xxx range.
None are known to survive.
|bore||4 inches (101.6 mm)|
|stroke||5½ inches (140 mm)|
|lubrication||pressure fed to bearings|
|max power||65 bhp|
|fuel consumption (typical)||11 miles per imperial gallon (25 litres/100km)|
|max speed (approx)||30 mph (48 km/hr)|
|Gears|| 4 speed gearbox separate from engine by a short shaft with
universal joints. Right hand change.
ratios: 5.44, 3.28, 1.87 and 1:1
|Drive shaft||Propellor shaft enclosed in torque tube. Torque tube bolted to differential housing and diagonally braced to rear axle casing.|
|Final Drive||worm over wheel drive 7:1 ratio|
|Axle|| Front - beam axle
Rear - steel casing with fully floating drive shafts
|wheelbase||11 feet 3 inches (3429 mm)|
|track||4 feet 9 inches (1448 mm)|
|weight (unladen)||4600 pounds (2086 kg)|
|steering||turning circle 44 feet 6 inches (13. 6 m)|
|suspension - front||semi elliptic springs underslung|
|suspension -rear||semi elliptic springs underslung|
|brakes|| pedal operated contracting shoes on transmission
hand lever operated expanding shoes on rear wheels
|wheels/tyres|| Seven spoke artillery wheels.
Solid tyres. Front - 34 x 4 inches. Rear 34 x 8 inches.
|fuel capacity||Main tank behind dashboard - 15.5 imp gallons (70.5 litres)
Reserve under driving seat - 10 imp gallons (45.5 litres)
|Lighting||Acetylene and oil|