Superb turn-out at Austin and Morris Day

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Star of the 19th Morris and Austin Day at Brooklands on Sunday (11 March) was a super-rare Mumfords Morris Marina convertible.

The 1974 car was based on a Marina Coupe and Crayford carried out the work on commission for Devon-based BL dealer Mumfords.

Because the Marina Coupe used the same doors as the saloon, rather than longer ones as is usual for two-door variants, Crayford devised a strange-looking "rear" window to bridge the gap between the door and roofline.

Surprisingly perhaps, some 70 of the Marinas were converted of which up to a dozen survive. Find our more about them at this excellent website.

There was a superb turn-out for the event which also included a huge number of mainstream classics as well as some wolves in sheep's clothing.

Most monstrous of them was a period-looking Morris Minor red post van that upon closer inspection was signwritten Royal "Male" instead of Mail.

Of course, the hot-rod was a bit more obvious as soon as you opened the bonnet and saw the full-bore Rover V8 packed in there.

Comments

julianem

Not a silk purse.

Chris Martin

Regarding the paragraph; "Because the Marina Coupe used the same doors as the saloon, rather than longer ones as is usual for two-door variants, Crayford devised a strange-looking "rear" window to bridge the gap between the door and roofline" I would suggest this was more likely a necessity to maintain structural rigidity with the roof missing. Not pretty, but the shell would probably flex in every direction otherwise.
Chris M..

 

jagnut12

 Talking of Crayford,they also produced an Allegro convertible .Only 12 cars built one 1100cc which was the Barcelona show car,this prototype

had its inner sills filled with wet  Concrete to avoid the body flexing when it went on display to the public.Spikins of Twickenham (no longer in business) were sole franchise dealer.These cars were based on a 1300cc 2-door saloon,Crayford used double-skinned front floor pans with

cross braced steel inserts.They look better with the hood in fixed closed position,some say look better than the production saloon.

Chris Martin

I believe you about the Allegro.

Although not having any direct experience with the little turd myself, I remember a police officer friend who had the misfortune to use one on his Edmonton/Tottenham beat in around '76 or '77 and he told me about how he and a few other cars were all racing to the scene of a fight at a local nightspot.

On arrival he and his colleague had both thrown their doors open at exactly the same time, such that at the point where the hinges on both sides were at full stretch the roof bent inward and the little Police light box popped off and fell down the windscreen it's fall only arrested by the electrical wire.

They were too busy laughing to rush inside and join the fray.

Chris M.

 

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