Grace's Guide

British Industrial History

Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 138,974 pages of information and 225,312 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Crossley Motors: Buses

From Graces Guide

Jump to: navigation, search
August 1928.
1929. 38-110 H.P. Double Deck Omnibus.
May 1930.
January 1948.

Note: This is a sub-section of Crossley Motors.


1931 Crossley's first purpose built bus was the Eagle a forward-control single-decker, fitted with a 5.3 litre four-cylinder engine and stayed in production until 1931.

Post WWII: Thousands of buses were manufactured after the war; many were re-bodied as charabancs or buses. Crossleys most successful time came after the war when they received a massive export order for Holland. This would go on to help expand the country's bus fleet after the war.

Manchester Corporation fitted the engines to most of the Mancunians in its fleet, which in turn made them the most reliable Crossleys it ran.

The Bridgemaster bus was made at Crossley and they built bodywork until 1958.

1930 A double-deck bus version arrived known as The Six, this was later renamed as The Condor.

1930 Crossley built its own diesel engine. They were the first British maker to offer a complete diesel-engine bus.

1934 The Mancunian bus was developed to meet a Manchester Corporation specification. The gearbox of this model was mounted directly behind the engine.

1936 Manchester and Rochdale tried a bus with Freeborn four-speed semi-automatic gearbox.

1939 Crossley had 900 buses in service. 646 of these were in the Manchester fleet.

1944 Producing the VR6 6-cylinder diesel engine of 8,365cc for buses.

1950 AEC purchased the shares

List of Models

Hawk 1929 Six/Alpha 1930-1931

TDD4 (Trolleybus) 1935-1942 TDD6 (Trolleybus) 1935-1942 PT42 1946-1949

See Also


Sources of Information