Crayford estate info update
I have received in the post a pile of brochures, newsletters, registries, and photos of the W116 Crayford estates, from the Chairman of the Crayford Convertible Car Club in the UK, Barry Priestman.
I shall post these over the next few days as I read, scan, and digest them.
Meanwhile, here is a table showing what details are known of the 15 or so known to have been built.
If anyone can fill some gaps, that would be great!
One that particularly needs filling is info on the Australian assembler / modifier; the CCCC Chairman believes that three (at least) were made under licence in Oz. As John Green's blue one and Caroline's green Kermit are (I think) both Oz-compliant, they are likely candidates for Oz conversion.
Rolf appears to have started life in the UK and come to Oz later (although I'm still hoping to trace his history more fully).
Note at the top of the table I've given some numbers for the W114 estate conversions - 400+ - far more of those than the W116 (which could cost twice as much as a 114 wagon).
The W114 was converted under contract by FLM Panelcraft at Fulham, UK as well as in Johannesburg by Cooper and Cooper.
The W116 was converted at Crayford's own plant in Westerham, UK, as well as in California (Hoopers), Detroit (Harpers), and Oz (licensee unknown, but my guess is a Melbourne coachbuilder - could be wrong).
To make it easier to read the table, right-click on it to "view image"; this will then give you an image you can enlarge to its full size.