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Crayford - The Partnership behind the Fiesta Fly


the men behind crayford

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 manufacturers.

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.

The 1983 MK1 XR2 cabriot
caryford fiesta press release photo
Crayford Press release photo (Approx 1981) note the raised tonneau area for the hood is in fact a photo shop picture ! the car in this photograph is raised on blocks

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.