The Beta range of commercials was introduced in November 1933 as an updated version of the Atlas but both models were offered until the Atlas was withdrawn in 1936. Both two axle (six ton) and three axle (eight to twelve ton) types were made.

At first the VR4 diesel was used but after the Atlas went out of production the VR6 became an option.

Chassis numbers were in the 951xx range.

The number made is not known and there are no known survivors.


Crossley truck chassis

The Beta chassis.

The chassis cost £1195 with the VR4 engine.

Crossley beta truck

A VR4 engined Beta in use by Wadsworth in 1934. This particular example was part of an order for ten and was a third repeat order.

Crossley Beta truck

A Beta with side tipping body supplied to
E & O Griffiths of Monmouthshire.

Crossley Beta 3 axle

A 3 axle Beta


capacity 6080 cc (VR4)
9120 cc (VR6)
cylinders 4 (monobloc) or 6 (two units of 3 cylinders)
bore 4 7/16 inches (112.7 mm)
stroke 6inches (152.4 mm)
compression ratio
RAC Horse Power 31.5 (VR4)
47.3 (VR6)
valves overhead
max power 66 bhp at 1700 rpm (VR4)
100 bhp at 1700 rpm (VR6)
fuel consumption (typical) 35 gallon tank
lubrication pressure to five bearing crankshaft, big ends, pistons and camshaft.
max speed (approx) not known
Gears 4 speed separately mounted from engine
3.68:1, 2.57:1, 1.43:1, 1:1
Optional two speed auxiliary gearbox.
Clutch single dry plate
Drive Shaft Two part shaft with Hardy Spicer joints
Rear axle Spiral bevel final drive
Fully floating
ratio - 8.25:1 (other ratios optional)