Is that Crayford in Mt Barker still there?
Seems to have been "lost", Bill. Don't know if it was crushed or what ever other fate might have befallen it.
I did wonder, when watching the eBay 450SEL (that John Green ended up with recently) from the Mornington Peninsular, if perhaps that car was the WA Mt Barker example partly resurrected. Given the state of the Mt Barker car, probably not, but I have no other explanation for whence the Mornington example materialised, as it wasn't previously on record as far as I know.
There was supposedly also a red 116 Crayford in Melbourne some years ago, but it, too, has fallen below the radar.
Seems that Oz had (still has) more than a proportional share of these wagons. There have been at least seven known of in Oz - about a third of the total produced. There used to be an icon gold one in Byron Bay about a decade ago, owned by an acquaintance of mine, but even then it was seriously cancer-ridden, living a mere 100 metres from the high-tide mark. The owner gave it to my (then) mechanic for resale or other disposal, and I've not seen or heard of it since.
Regarding my "Rolfwagen", there's a note in Crayview
- in a letter from one of Rolf's previous owners (two before me) - to the effect that he had been in touch with the original owner and MD of Crayfords - David McMullen - and that DM suspected that Rolf was built locally in Oz under the supervision of Crayford's Alan Dawkins sometime in the '70s.
I'm not sure I believe this, as Rolf was originally delivered (as a sedan) to the UK, according to the data card, and was purchased there by R Harris from the Majestic Garage in Christchurch, second-hand (but little used by the original owner who was "too scared to drive it much"), sometime prior to issue #139E (1/1976) of In Aller Welt
where it was written up with a photo of the two Rolfs. (My wagon was delivered to its original UK dealer on 25 September '73.)
OTOH, John Green suspects that his
280SEL may have been an Oz-built conversion, as there are aspects of it that he believes to be different from other Crayfords he's seen.
The old Crayford Coachworks kept very poor records, I'm told by the company's current owners, and none of those are known to still exist, so it's all a matter of people's memories. Given that there are very few former Crayford employees still living, I can't see the details clarifying any time soon.
It's all rather muddy history, and somewhat frustrating to sort.