Produced from 1973, West Country Leyland distributors and dealers Mumford of Plymouth commissioned Crayford to develop a Marina convertible. They paid all the development costs in exchange for manufacturing rights and the sole franchise to market the car.
Based on the two door hardtop Marina coupe, Crayford found it difficult to develop the 2 door shell with the roof removed as it produced an odd looking profile, the back end appeared too long when the roof was off.
Crayford got round both problems by introducing a unique and very clever double rollover bar with a glass inlay between the two bars, this drew the top side profile visibly back. It was shown for the first time on Crayford’s stand at the Motor Show in London in October 1973. Production was at Mumford’s Plymouth plant and each car carried a Mumford boot badges.
It was available as a 1.3 or 1.8 car, and also as a desirable 1.8 TC. With the twin carb MGB engine it was a fast, value for money convertible. The conversion sold at a £550 premium making a convertible £1.822, this went up to £2,156 for a 1.8 TC in 1975.
Mumford was slowly brought down and into receivership when its caravan and camper conversion business collapsed.
From 1976 for a short period the cars continued to be built by Torcars of Torrington, Devon who also produced the Marina camper van based on the 10CWT Marina van. Sold via all B.L. dealers, though only made to order the cars then carried the Torcars badge very few cars where produced throughout the entire production run.
This example was purchased new in July 1976 via a Durham B.L. Dealership in North East by Mr Norman Smith as his retirement present this is one of the first Mk2 Marina’s to be converted.
The car was used regularly until May 1997 clocked up an impressive 152,000 miles when it was beyond economic repair.
As the car was such a rare example it was sold on in June 1997 to enthusiastic members of the Morris Marina owners club to be extensively rebuilt.
After a period of storage the car was then subject to a major restoration, most of the original convertible components used as patterns such as the hood etc. The rebuild was completed in 2003 when the car was displayed at the Marina Owners Club National event winning a number of awards.
In 2005 the car featured in a national advert shown on TV and in cinemas.
1981 LEFT HAND DRIVE MORRIS MARINA.
This is your one and only chance to own this car, there is not another, it is totally unique. One of the last batch of Marinas produced it has the distinction of being the youngest Marina known. I have owned this car for ten years and in that time have doubled .....
1971 Morris Marina Super Deluxe (Rare)
Here we have a very rare march 1971 morris marina 1.3 super deluxe making it a pre sales car so one of the earliest marinas, from my research I beleve it is the second oldest morris marina super deluxe left in existance.
Overall the car is running well and .....
Reluctantly I am selling my 1972 Morris Marina 1.8 SDL Coupe. This car was bought from the chairman of the owners club who had it dry stored before I bought it nearly two years ago to recomission. When I bought it EVERYTHING on the car was original, it had been preserved excellently and very well looked .....
1975 Morris Marina SunTor campervan.
Lift top conversion in Harvest gold, still with all its original period features.
Just finishing recommissioning having found some period fabric for the seats.
The cooker and sink/taps work and one of my daughters friends has even slept it to prove it works.