Crossley Brothers Ltd had commenced motor car manufacture as early as 1904 with Crossley Motors Ltd being established at Gorton, Manchester, in 1910, dividing the motor car production side from the long established industrial engine manufacturing operation. Crossley quality was undoubted and their products relatively expensive, although comparing favourably with the likes of the Rolls-Royce 20hp and the smaller Lanchesters. The new four-cylinder 19.6hp model was announced in The Autocar magazine on 16th October although that magazine rightly pointed out that Crossley had built a forerunner of the model in 1915. Hostilities prevented further development until 1920.
The engine was a conventional side valve unit displacing 3.7 litres, driving through a cone clutch to a four-speed gearbox. The 10ft.4in. chassis was suspended on semi-elliptic front and rear springs and although generally the car was of Edwardian design the 3.7 litre engine gave it true vintage performance. Deliveries of the new model began in 1921. The Autocar road test of 1920 commented on the top gear flexibility of the new car and the extremely smooth transmission and boldly claimed 'we can prophesy that this will be the most popular Crossley yet built'. Interestingly in 1920 the price was listed as £895 but by 1924 the 19.6hp Crossley retailed at just £750.
Little is known of the history of this car which has been in the present family ownership since 1989, having previously resided overseas. This imposing vintage motor car, with three door tourer coachwork, is presented in ivory livery with red upholstery and nickel fittings and accessories, including dashboard instrumentation and CAV headlamps and Holdtite sidelamps. The car has seen only occasional use in recent times having been a popular exhibit in a private museum, nevertheless it is expected to be offered with a current MOT certificate at the date of sale. The usual further careful re-commissioning is advised following a period on museum display. This powerful vintage tourer is offered with old and new style registration documents together with an interesting file containing correspondence, technical detail, notes and drawings used in the restoration of the car. This rare model is known to the Crossley Register and is eligible for VSCC and inter-marque events.