>The Atlas range of commercials was introduced in 1931 and remained in production until 1936. Both two axle (six ton) and three axle (eight to twelve ton) types were made.
Six cylinder diesel engines were used, at first the 45/85 then the VR6.
Chassis numbers were in the 950xx range.
The number made is not known and there are no known survivors.
The chassis cost £1440 in 1932.
A 2 axle 6 ton Crossley Atlas with Dyson 7-8 ton trailer in the ownership of Hargreaves Bros of Adlington, Chorley, Lancashire.
A 1933 Atlas destined for Mcmillans in Belfast photographed at the Crossley factory.
| 8369 cc (45/85)
9120 cc (VR6)
|cylinders||6 in two banks of 3|
|bore|| 4¼ inches (108 mm) (45/85)
4 7/16 inches (112.7 mm) (VR6)
|stroke||6 inches (152.4 mm)|
|RAC Horse Power|| 43.4 (45/85)
|max power|| 85 bhp at 1800 rpm (45/80)
100 bhp at 1700 rpm (VR6)
|fuel consumption (typical)||8.3 mpg (34 litres per 100 kms)
Tank capacity 22 gallons (100litres)
|acceleration||0 - 20 mph in 24 seconds|
|max speed (approx)||27 mph (43.5 kph) governed.|
|Gears|| 4 speed separately mounted from engine
3.68:1, 2.57:1, 1.43:1, 1:1
Optional two speed auxiliary gearbox from December 1932.
|Clutch||single dry plate|
|Drive Shaft||divided propeller shaft with three universla joints
|Rear axle|| double reduction worm drive with worm on top
ratio - 8.25:1 (other ratios optional)
|wheelbase||16 ft 7½ in (5067 mm)|
|length||25 ft 5 in (7747 mm)|
|width overall||7 ft 6 in (2286 mm)|
|track|| Front - 6ft 3 in (1905 mm)
Rear - 5 ft 8 in (1720 mm)
|weight||5 tons 19 cwt|
|steering||4½ turns lock to lock|
|suspension - front||half elliptic springs|
|suspension -rear||half elliptic springs|
|brakes||Triple vacuum servo. Handbrake operates on rear wheels through separate mechanism.|
|wheels/tyres|| 42 x 9 tyres
Twin wheels at rear