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1968 Ford Corsair Crayford Convertible

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  • Mileage~100,881
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • Engine2.0L
  • LocationHarrow


1968 Ford Corsair Crayford Convertible

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Darren Rungasamy
Automotive Editor, Photographer and Consigner

The Corsair Crayford is of the most elegant soft-top conversions of the 1960s.

Devised as a premium executive car, the Corsair is best defined as a car of its era, influenced by the new motorways and taking design cues from the jet-age. Created for comfortable long-distance journeys, thanks to its double-skinned steel construction and sound-deadening, the car's typical ownership profile appealed to upwardly mobile families. Initially released in 1963, it was the arrival of the compact 2.0L Essex V4 engine in 1967 that gave the car its true calling. Capable of topping ~100 mph, the compact V4 was marketed for its smoothness and power.

In 1965 Crayford Engineering seized the opportunity to create an open top full 5-seater, offering further scope to the Corsair talents. Based on the rare 2-door saloon, Crayford strengthened the sills and added a bar under the dash. The car had very few direct competitors over its 3-year production run, and it was recognised as one of the most balanced conversions to be produced by Crayford. This may have resonated with owners, as the survival rate is high, with as many as 75 out around 100 cars still known to the Crayford Owners Club.

Obtained by the car's second owner in 1971, this 1968 car has been part of the vendors family ever since. Recently resprayed in white, with black vinyl interior, it comes with an impressive stack of invoices back to 1974 and has been diligently maintained ever since. Structurally solid with some cosmetics needed for the interior, this is a genuinely rare opportunity to own a fascinating piece of Crayford history with incredible provenance.

This listing was written from information supplied by Darren after meeting Robert the owner, and having visited and photographed the vehicle.

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Meet the owner

After the ~53 years of ownership, I've learned a lot about keeping the car on top of its game!

Robert's long-term ownership of the car is reflected in his love of driving. While it is remarkable that the car has stayed with him for ~53 years, it is just as heartening to learn that he has kept the car in good working order and addressed any issues without hesitation.

While the car has seen limited use over the last decade, it has been consistently stored in his garage. A recent external recommission reignited his love for the car, but accepts that it is time for it to find a new home - he has another open-top classic to help heal the loss. Robert will be on hand to answer any questions in the comments section below.

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Recently refurbished, this solid example offers a viable alternative to the usual open top classics.

Wheels and Tyres

The car is fitted with its original 15” steel wheels and chrome hub cap set-up, they’re in excellent condition and suit the car well.

The easily obtainable 165/80/15 tyres are all mixed brands and all but one appear to be older than ~15 years old, with mild perishing noted on the sidewalls. However, they are all legal and show healthy tread.


We couldn’t spot any imperfection or panel damage on the car's exterior. The panel fit is flush with no issues regarding the shut lines. The passenger doors are worthy of a mention, as all they need is a gentle action to close. Both sets of side door hinges are good with no sagging. The structure of the car is positive, the engine bay, boot floor and floor pan all appear to be solid. The jacking points and wheel wells are also in good condition.

We've highlighted in more detail our observations through our high-resolution images and videos, so please take time to look through all the media files for a detailed view of what’s on offer, and for you to assess the condition of the car for yourselves.


The car received an exterior and engine bay respray at the cost of ~£3,000 in 2022 and therefore is free of wear, chips or inconsistent tone. The paint has been well applied with no significant exterior paint runs or reactions, although there are a few signs of overspray on the seals, engine bay and underside but nothing that stands out.

The images are taken from a few different angles to show off the car as you would see it if you were standing there for yourselves. So please take the time to fully assess these high-resolution images and videos of the car, for you to make up your own minds about the condition of the paint.

Glass and Trim

The windscreen and trim are in good shape, with no issues noted on the lights and lenses. The driver-side glass has score marks. Both rear passenger side glass are pivoted to raise, their screw thread catches are fully operational. The hood is in excellent condition, with no external impediments. The rear screen has lasted well and is free of damage. The operation to raise and lower the hood is trouble-free, once up it has a tight seal.

Much of the chrome trim appears to be original with mild pitting on the Cortina-sourced door frames. While age-related marks were spotted on the light and grille trim, they are presentable. The bumpers have good chrome with minor dents.

The car also comes with a full tonneau cover, which has an opening just for the driver, you can see photos of it in the history and paperwork section.


The Corsair offers executive comfort for five people, the Crayford adding the open-top experience.

Seats and Carpets

The front seats have been covered with aftermarket jackets, as Robert has pointed out that some of the seams have split. The back seat is free of any significant damage.

The carpets show some signs of age and have a loose fit in places but display well enough. The cabin is free of dampness.


Aside from a split on the top of the dashboard, it presents well, with minor fractures on the veneer facia but nothing too distracting. The switches and dials are in line with the age of the car, but all are said to work.

The driver's door card will need adjustment but otherwise in good condtion. The rest of the interior trim is complete with some age-related wear noted, the rear parcel shelf bears the brunt of its age. The car is fitted with rear seatbelts.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

The original steering wheel does show signs of age, with noticeable wear on the rim as pictured.

The column shifter for the automatic gearbox, and hand brake lever are better, showing only mild wear as pictured.


It retains its smoothness thanks to accessible mechanics and evidence of half a century's worth of maintenance.

Engine and Gearbox

The V4 engine fired up without hesitation and settled into a smooth idle. There was no excessive exhaust smoke, and the dashboard oil light remained off. We didn’t spot any fluid leaks under the car, and after leaving the engine running no unwanted noises were heard.

The engine has over 50 years worth of documented maintenance, with a 2022 invoice for a reconditioned cylinder head to allow the car to use unleaded fuel. The automatic gearbox was rebuilt about ~4,000 miles ago and Robert demonstrated its functionality with no reported problems.

Suspension and Brakes

The car rides smoothly, with no unwanted noises heard from the wheels, and the suspension deals with the road conditions without any significant issues.

The brakes have been regularly maintained, and operate well, with no observations of judders, fade or squeals. Like the steering and suspension, they have seen regular attention.

The Drive

One very noticeable thing about the Corsair, is how smooth the car travels, combined with the hushed engine tone, it still drives like a premium car. The car had been strengthened by Crayford when converted and this level of integrity is still evident by the car's rigidity with only minor trim rattles to betray the age of the car.

The 2.0-litre V4 engine pulls well and while it's not one to be rushed, it cruises smoothly at town speeds. Robert knows the car inside out and can vouch for its regular maintenance, and as a result, he has not experienced any issues with the oil pressure or engine temperature.

Electrics and Other

The car has been fitted with a cooling fan indicator light to show when it is in use and a provision has been created to accommodate the Alpine stereo head unit and an oil gauge.

History and Paperwork

~53 years of ownership, with almost as many years worth of invoices, this car history paints a picture of dedication.

The car was first registered at a London-based Ford dealer in 1968 and appears to have spent its entire life there. Robert bought the car in 1971, using it as a daily driver, with its use eventually slowing down in the 1980s. Since buying the car, he has retained an impressive array of invoices which cover the upkeep of its brakes, steering, suspension and engine maintenance, with a few welding invoices. The car has also been several restorations over the years.

Some of the work on the car has been listed below, but recent work that stands out included the installation of an Aeroline fan, cylinder head conversion for unleaded fuel and battery in 2022. A new starter motor, rear shocks, water pump, engine mounts and rear brakes were fitted in 2021.

The car also received its most recent body and engine bay respray in 2022, with invoices also suggesting recent trim parts. The last MOT certificate was issued in September 2022 and it has only travelled 700 miles since then. A service was carried out at the same time. The car is MOT and Road tax exempt and it comes with two keys.

We’ve done all our usual seller checks including photo ID, V5 and also actioned an HPI check on the vehicle.

We've summarised our own view on the car based on information gained from the seller in the listing above, however, as you can see, we go to great lengths to photograph and video the car in hi-resolution detail - this has been done for you to make your own assessment from the comfort of your sofa. So please sit back, have a cuppa and take your time to review everything on this listing in order to make your own assessment of the vehicle's condition. Viewings are also welcomed with all our listings, so please get in touch with us to arrange a suitable time - we just need to speak to you first and receive a valid photo ID before confirming.

If there's anything you're unsure about, no matter how small, then please first ask the owner in the comments area below before placing your bids, as bids can't be retracted and form a binding contract if you win the car - just like a traditional auction house.

Service History
Date Type Mileage
30-09-2022 MOT 808
30-09-2022 Service + Recondition cylinder head 100,808
27-09-2021 New Windscreen
08-06-2021 Rear brakes, shock + Water Pump
01-10.2020 Battery
07-02-2018 MOT 578
09-01-2017 MOT 384
11-01-2016 MOT 301
30-01-2015 MOT 275
08-01-2014 MOT 256
23-01-2013 MOT 99,875
12-01-2012 MOT 99,627
24-01-2011 MOT 99,306
29-01-2010 MOT 88,313 (Inacurate Reading)
21-11-2008 MOT 98,223
26-11-2007 MOT 97,470
25-07-2007 Service
02-07-2007 Brake master cylinder and servo
20-07-2007 Spark Plugs and Filters
02-05-2007 Transmission Oil Sevice 97,049
16-08-2006 Gearbox rebuild 96,109
13-06-2006 MOT 95,789
03-03-2005 MOT 93,093
06-10-2004 Carb Rebuild
06-11-2002 Service + Water Pump 93,093
03-12-1997 Service & MOT 91,287
30-06-1997 MOT 91,041
05-07-1996 MOT 89,664
07-07-1995 MOT 89,060
08-07-1994 MOT 88,349
09-07-1993 MOT 87,510
08-02-1989 MOT 81,687
10-02-1988 MOT 80,213
14-01-1986 Service & MOT 78,013
21-02-1979 MOT 58,914
14-10-1978 Engine Rebuild 57,325
22-02-1978 MOT 54,086
30-08-1977 Brake rebuild
20-02-1976 MOT 43,702
30-05-1975 Engine Rebuild
08-05-1975 Service & MOT 39,369
24-02-1975 MOT 38,039
11-05-1973 Service 28,453
Key Details
  • ModelCorsair Crayford Convertible
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • Reg. Date22-02-1968
  • CC1,996
  • Mileage~100,881
  • HistoryYes
  • ColourWhite
  • Interior ColourBlack
  • Interior TrimVinyl
  • Chassis #BB32HB45817
  • Engine #HB45817
  • Last Service30-09-2022
  • RestoredYes
  • Engine RebuildYes
  • MOT ExemptYes
  • Road Tax ExemptYes
  • HPi ClearYes - All clear
  • Former Keepers1
  • # of Keys2
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • Owned~53 years
  • Key FeatureLong ownership, great condition
  • Auction ID1984