There can be very few people in
the Automobile Industry who have not heard of Crayford. To most automobile
people Crayford are two men and a concept. The men—David McMullan and Jeffrey
Smith—met whilst working as sales Manager and Experimental Development Manager
for one of Britain’s last large independent vehicle manufactures.
Crayford Automotive Design Consultants was formed in 1962
and their first triumph was the Convertible Mini , and shortly after that they
were commissioned to build the legendary Heinz 57 Wolseley Hornets.
Then on to the 5 door BMC 1800 Estate Conversion followed
by their most ambitious project in 1971—Estate development of the Mercedes
Compact and then on to the Mercedes “S” Class. By the early 1980’s they had developed both the
Metropolitan Convertible and the Fiesta “Fly” Convertible and it was soon
realised that the Company did not have the space to carry out major production
of both cars, David McMullan looked after the “Fly” while Jeffrey Smith
Developed the Metropolitan.
By mid 1981 major press releases and publicity and
approximately 20 Crayford built cars on the Fiesta Fly, assured the demand, and
Crayford licensed the build, sale and distribution of the Fiesta Fly from
approximately March/April 1982 to F. English in Dorset.