A particularly pretty car wearing its original Australian body. The car was shipped out to Australia when new and was repatriated 20 years ago or so by a VSCC stalwart who set about a major mechanical restoration whilst keeping as much of the patina as possible. The result is a pretty Drophead with a powerful engine just short of four litres giving it plenty of go.
The current onwer uses it extensively both here & abroad covering many long distance miles. He has fitted a modern alternator to allow for long distance nocturnal drives as the original dynamo was too feeble to keep the headlamps lit over long durations.
The hood is eaily erected or lowered by one person & has a hood bag to keep it neat & tidy when down. The interior is lovely maroon leather extending to the doof cards & dickey seat. No slouch it is a surprisingly swift car whilst also cruising with a very relaxed gait due to the large engine size.
Introduced in 1920 at the London Motor Show, Olympia, the 19.6hp was the company's first new post-WWI design, deliveries commencing in 1921. It is powered by a 3.7-litre sidevalve four producing a maximum of 53bhp. Power is delivered via a cone clutch to a four-speed gearbox and spiral-bevel rear axle, and there are brakes on the rear wheels only at first. Perrot-type front brakes were an option for 1924, standard for 1925, and there were semi-elliptic springs all round. The 19.6hp continued in production together with the 20/70hp into 1926, by which time some 1,100 had been built.
This car's lightweight chassis carries a two-seat-plus-dickey sports body, the latter very rare as most were four-seater types.
The Crossley was re-imported from Australia in 1990 and had been restored by 2000; it was first registered in the UK in 2002 and is one of only two of its type in this country. The restoration was carried out by Nigel Parrot (N P Veteran Engineering). Engine work (including an increase in compression ratio) cost £5,793 and a new crown wheel/pinion and bearings cost a further £1,200. Other works carried out include rebuilding the radiator and fitting a new Autovac, interior upholstery, hood, tonneau cover, and clutch lining, the latter in 2014. An alternator has been fitted but the original Rotax dynamo (in working order) comes with the car. Other noteworthy features include aluminium wheel discs, an RAC radiator mascot, and a Smiths five-jet carburettor with 'Bentley' type electric heater (for winter starting).
The Crossley was driven to Nice in the South of France for a holiday in 2017 without any problems, winning overall the Concours d'Élégance at St Brieuc while there. It has also competed in the VSCC's Goodwood Sprint and is a winner of the prestigious Pomeroy Edwardian Trophy for non-FWB cars.
This is a car that is owned by a noted & talented edwardian car mechanic & is consiquently in excellent running order. It starts readily & runs beautifully. A period RAC badge adorns the radiator. The body is particuarly pretty & delicate attracting attention wherever it appears.
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