Are there any more Crayford converted Mercedes S-Class Estates in the UK?

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In the seventies Crayford Developments of Westerham in Kent, who were at the time best known for convertible Cortinas, Corsairs and Capris, decided there was a market for a Mercedes Estate car. Of course Mercedes themselves met this demand with the introduction of the W123 series later on, but Crayford decided to build a few based on the S-Class W116 model. They also converted a few on the smaller W114 but apart from a couple of survivors now with a collector in Germany not many of these have been seen.

The S-Class used a cut down Ford Granada tailgate welded to the bottom edge of the Mercedes bootlid, but with a high ledge at the back this was not entirely successful as a useable wagon. Still it looked good, and listed at near Rolls-Royce money it is not surprising that demand was slow. Famous owners included Sophia Loren and Rolf Harris, but it seems no more than twenty were built between '74 and '78 although factory records no longer exist.

A couple of fellow Crayford wagon owners here in Australia had been collecting info of known cars around the world and between us I bellieve we managed to confirm thirteen with another two rumoured. One of those rumoured to survive in Western Australia has now resurfaced on ebay but it looks too far gone to be of much use to anyone. The other unconfirmed car was last seen a few years ago with a retired airline pilot in St Croix on the Virgin Islands.

The 280SE version I had been restoring (photos attached) is now with a collector in Malaysia, and three others are known to survive here in Australia. Apart from those, the rest of the known survivors are in the USA and Germany, as well as the two in England. Last I heard historic Mercedes racer Stuart Imber still had a blue 350SE in Hertfordshire, and Barry Priestman of the Crayford register has a gold one awaiting restoration. Does anyone know of any others in the UK?

Chris Martin

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Yes thanks, 

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GBt wrote:

Yes thanks, 

Great post, just the sort of informative or entertaining comment that ensures forums such as this thrive.  What was it Abraham Lincoln said?

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Dinsdale Piranha wrote:

GBt wrote:

Yes thanks, 

Great post, just the sort of informative or entertaining comment that ensures forums such as this thrive.  What was it Abraham Lincoln said?

                                     "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt."

Good call Dinsdale, can you post that quote in very big letters at the top of every thread ?

Chris M.