The Southern Cross was a car made by Triumph between 1932 and 1934.
The block and crankcase were cast as one, the oil pump was driven by skew gears from the camshaft, while the duplex timing chain also drove the distributor and dynamo.
The Southern Cross had a 1018cc or 1122cc (later 1087cc) four cylinder engine with a three bearing overhead camshaft. The engine was connected to a four speed gearbox with a 'silent' third gear via a single plate clutch. The engine produced 30-35bhp (depending on the unit the customer specified) that could propel the car to 65-70mph (105-113kmh).
The chassis was 7ft 8in long and had semi-elliptical leaf springs all round. The cars were fitted with Lockheed hydraulic brakes and the handbrake controlled the transmission brake.
The body was made by Salmons of Newport Pagnell. It was a two-door four-seater with all the attributes of a sports car. It had a radiator stone guard and a folding windscreen.
A works car was entered in a few events in 1934 and came third in the Monte Carlo Rally. They also won the team prize at the Alpine Rally.
The tourer bodied car cost £225 in 1932 and 1933. The same car cost £215 in 1934.
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