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Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Buying Guide -

BARRY PRI­EST­MAN

Thirty-five years ago, Barry Pri­est­man set up the Cray­ford Car Club, just as he was buy­ing his 1981 Cortina drop-top: ‘I was at a car show and was of­fered the pro­to­type by the man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Car­bod­ies, which had bought the rights to pro­duce the car from Cray­ford. Sold new through Bris­tol Street Mo­tors, Car­bod­ies thought it would sell hun­dreds of them, but the high pur­chase price meant just 28 were made.

The con­vert­ible had to be based on the twodoor bodyshell, but type ap­proval rules meant the Bel­gian fac­tory could ex­port only 1.3-litre cars. So one was sent over and Cray­ford got type ap­proval us­ing my car, al­low­ing 2- and 2.8-litre cars to then be shipped over for con­ver­sion. Mine is the only 1.3-litre ex­am­ple. Com­pletely orig­i­nal, I’ve taken my car on the Cortina Run twice now, but it’s still only cov­ered 30,000 miles or so.’

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