After Jensen’s failed attempt to make the ADO16 into an attractive open top car, two years later BMC allowed Crayford to have a go and see what they could come up with. Given the success Crayford were having with soft top versions of the Wolseley Horney and Riley Elf for Heinz, it seemed a perfect partnership.
Turning an everyday family car into a convertible isn’t just as simple as chopping off the roof, a number of modifications were required to strengthen the shell and, of course, make the car look just as stylish as it did before.
Due the amount on strengthening required to the remaining body shell, space was usually sacrificed in the back seat area, this is why Jensen’s original idea was not progressed. Crayford had come up with a solution that retained as much space in the back seat area as possible.
To complete the look the doors were heavily modified. The conversion just wouldn’t have looked right if the window frames had been left in place. Crayford had to strengthen the window winding mechanism and also the window track, so the window would stay in the correct position as it was raised or lowered.
After the body of your car had been altered you had the option of allowing Crayford repaint the vehicle the original factory colour, or to give your car extra individuality you could opt for a metallic or micro-glow colour from the Crayford range at extra cost.
The standard hood colour was black, but what if you’d chosen a colour that black just didn’t go with? Crayford were also able to offer the hoods in Beige, Blue or Grey at additional cost.
The hood was operated by a toggle system. Two “over centre” toggles were fitted which allowed the hood to be lowered or raised with ease.