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Crossley of Manchester made four-stroke gas engines in the latter quarter of the l9th century, so it was only natural that they should turn to motor car manufacture. Their first model was a 22 hp four-cylinder car, while an even bigger 40 hp appeared in 1906.  After 1910 new 12 and 15 hp cars appeared, the latter model and the 25 hp car saw sterling service in the First World War, the Manchester firm being one of the few manufacturers to continue production throughout the hostilities.

The faithful and uprated 25/30 continued in production until 1926, though the first new model of the decade was the 3.8-litre 19/9 hp which was available until 1925.  That year saw the arrival of the company's first six, the 18/50, which replaced the 25/30.  Two years later its capacity was increased from 2.2 to 3.2 litres.


Further six-cylinder models followed, the 2-litre in 1928 and the 20.9 hp Super Six of 1931.  A sign of the times, however, was the Ten of 1932, having a Coventry-Climax overhead inlet/side exhaust engine of 1100cc; three years later came the Regis range of smaller cars, a Ten and 1.5 litre six cyl. with engines also by Coventry-Climax.

They failed to put the company round, and private car production was stopped in 1937, though commercial vehicles produced up until 1956.

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