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.


Crossley IGL1


capacity 4531 cc
cylinders Four
bore 4 inches (101.6 mm)
stroke 5½ inches (140 mm)
compression ratio
carburettor Zenith
valves side
lubrication pressure fed to bearings
ignition magneto
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
Clutch cone type
Axle Front - beam axle
Rear - steel casing with fully floating drive shafts