It would appear that BMC could have defined the Volkswagen Golf class a decade or so before the Germans got around to it. Meet the BMC 1100-based Creech Mystique…
This five-door hatchback was built by Somerset-based Creech Motors and made great use of the MGB GT’s tailgate.
Creech Motors Mystique: hatching out the BMC 1100
The little-known Creech Mystique was offered for sale during the 1960s and into the ’70s, and proved that it wasn’t just Crayford Engineering which was adept at converting the best-selling BMC 1100 range into a five-door hatchback.
Making the four-door saloon a more practical proposition occupied the minds of many entrepreneurial souls, and it wouldn’t take a great leap of imagination to think that this car – as well as the Crayford 1100 Estate – ended up inspiring BMC to go on and develop the Australian-market Morris Nomad.
Moreover, as can be seen from the photos, this is a very good-looking solution.
The Mystique demonstrates a neat approach to giving the BMC 1100 a rear hatch. Developed and produced by Gerald Fry, the owner of Somerset-based BL dealers Creech Motors, the conversion made ingenious use of an MGB GT tailgate, which was neatly integrated into the 1100’s sloping rear end.
The fuel filler was relocated from the bodyside onto the rear panel, giving the car a cleaner overall appearance. Delivery time was six to eight weeks and the cost of the conversion was just £145. It is not known how many Mystiques were built and, sadly, none are thought to have survived.
Given that, by the mid-1970s, the car market was full of five-door hatchbacks like this, it’s a shame this lovely little car hasn’t received the recognition it really deserves…