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The Arrow was a range of single deck buses made by Crossley Motors between 1929 and 1937.

The name was changed to the Six in April 1930 and then to the Alpha in September 1931. The Arrow name was dropped because it was owned by Dennis.


The trend in the late 1920s was to 6 cylinder engines and in 1929 the Arrow appeared using the 38/110 engine in what was essentially an Eagle chassis with improved steering geometry. The engine used the same bore and stroke as the trusty 25/30 but a change was made to a monobloc casting from the old pair cast layout. Side valves were retained and the drive was through a mid mounted heavier version of the 4 speed gearbox. In the same year Crossley expanded into making complete buses with a delivery of a single decker to Manchester. The name had to be changed in 1930 when it was pointed out that Eagle was already owned by Dennis and for a while the bus was known simply as the "Six" but in 1930 it took the inconsistent name of Alpha which would logically belong to the lorry range.

Production figures and engines[]

135 petrol engined chassis were produced (with numbers 90201 to 90300) between 1929 and 1931 (and 90601 to 90635) between 1930 and 1931. Two Diesel versions with VR4 engines intended for export were also made in 1933 numbered 91101 intended for New Zealand. These never made it but 91102 was shipped to Perth, Australia.

Twenty Five further chassis (numbered 91901 to 91947) made in 1934 and also called "Alphas" in publicity material were in fact Mancunians.

The Crossley 38/110 six cylinder petrol engine was used on these chassis. The two Diesel versions made in 1933 used the VR4 engine although the cancelled New Zealand order was later fitted with a VR6.

135 were sold mainly between 1929 and 1932 but the last was not actually made until 1937.

The chassis was priced at £1050 in 1929 and £1100 in 1930.