Austin 3 Litre Estate

THE AUSTIN 3 LITRE – CRAYFORD ESTATE

Crayfords B.M.C swan song was a failure, just like the Marina and Allegro convertibles that had failed on build quality, looks and profit margins. The 3 Ltr came at the wrong time for B.M.C., it had a huge thirst just when petrol was becoming an issue. It did make a stunningly useful barge, as the period photos showed, it would take both Crayford Directors, two wives, all the children of two families and all their luggage, on huge trips – all be it at 12 mpg!

Sales were small, today they fetch little. Cost new was £595 plus car. We know of two unfortunate cars that were  banger raced as unloved dinosaurs.

Only a handful survive.

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