Crayford Engineering (more commonly known simply as Crayford) was an automobile coachbuilder based in Westerham, Kent, England and formed in 1962 by David McMullan and Jeffrey Smith. In the 1970s, a subdivision within the company, called Crayford Auto Developments, Ltd., was established for cars. The company specialised in converting European coupés and saloons into convertibles and estates. Notable products included the convertible Mini, BMC 1100/1300 convertible, the rare Triumph TR7 Tracer Estate, and a Leyland Princess hatchback conversion, a commonly-accepted principle for a car that appeared to be, but was not, a hatchback to begin with. Other lesser-known conversions from Crayford included the Tempest, a convertible Volkswagen Scirocco, a Ford Cortina MkV Convertible, and a Mercedes S-Class Estate.
No new vehicles have rolled out of Crayford's factory in at least 20 years.
List known surviving examples of Crayford conversions below;
References / sources
- http://www.austin-rover.co.uk/index.htm?crayindexf.htm List of Crayford's conversions of Austin, Morris, MG, Rover, and Triumph cars.
- http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http://www.geocities.com/conceptcarcentralunitedkingdom/tempest&date=2009-10-25+17:50:34 1980 Crayford Tempest, a convertible Volkswagen Scirocco
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