The BMC 1100/1300 was the only BMC/BL model to be offered as both an estate and convertible by Crayford Engineering (although these models were not marketed concurrently), but it’s the former we’re concentrating on here.
The soft-top version of this best-selling car only went on sale in 1969 following the launch of the Mk2 ADO16 in 1967…
Crayford 1300 convertible: Fun times
The launch of the Mk2 version of the BMC 1100/1300 (ADO16) in Autumn 1967 marked the first official availability of the two-door body style in the UK market. This lent itself to a drop-top conversion and, sure enough, Crayford came up with the goods within a couple of years, announcing their Convertible in February 1969.
Taking either the Morris or MG variant as its base, the Crayford conversion involved strengthening the sills and the bodywork around the door openings, while dispensing with all pillars aft of the quarterlight frames to provide an entirely open environment with the roof down.
One can only wonder, though, what effect this might have had on passenger protection in the event of a roll-over accident, particularly as no extra strengthening was applied to the screen surround.
Production capacity was predicted at seven cars per week, although only six examples of each marque were ever completed – while five of the Morrises are still around at the time of writing, it is believed that only one MG – that pictured below – and sold originally in Malta survives..
|Prices (including new base car) £ s d|
|Morris 1100 de Luxe||1466||16||5|
|Morris 1300 Super de Luxe||1519||0||10|
|MG 1300 Mk2||1683||10||10|
|Morris 1300, currently owned by Peter Williams||MG 1300, currently owned by Rolf Mobius|
Thanks to Michael Turner and Alexander Boucke for the Crayford Convertible photos
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- The converters : Crayford BMC 1100/1300 Convertible - 11 August 2022