1800 Estate

THE CRAYFORD 1800 ESTATE

 

With over 700 of the 1100 & 1300 estates sold over a two year production run at FLM Panelcraft, and after Crayford had lost their 1100 estate market to a B.M.C factory built estate, they now turned to the B.M.C 1800 and repeated the trick again.

The Crayford 1800 Estate looked the same as the saloon body, but this time it had a one piece tailgate. It would cost just £95 (folding seat only) on top of the cost of a new 1800, a full opening tailgate was £180. It would enjoy a long run, nearly seven years, one dealer in the north sold 18 cars alone. Only one car, from Glasgow, has ever joined the Crayford Car Club, no other vehicles are known to survive.

 

THE CRAYFORD 1800 ROAD RESEARCH ESTATE

One interesting offshoot was EMU 196J, this car was built for the Ministry of Transport, for the governments Road Research Laboratory. It had a more square rear profile, a full length roof platform and steps to this platform that hook on to either rear wing. Its purpose was to film early crash tests, it carried all the film crew and gear and provided a high stable platform for panning shoots as cars were crashed into stone blocks. The inspiration for this car came from the May 1972 issue of "THE FUNERAL DIRECTOR", the bible of the funeral trade, it carried ads for coffins, embalming fluid and funeral hearses and funeral limos. The back page carried an add for Woodhall Nicholsons latest Austin 1800 limo and the Crayford ballpoint added on how the Road Research Estate would look. Convertible's could be tried with ballpoint and scissors from "Motor" cuttings. How ironic a funeral car was the inspiration for an estate that would film how lethal head on crashes would be.

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