Thursday, 20 March 2014

Mumford Marina TC Convertible

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis

While it may seem counter-intuitive to some to arrange the words 'this Morris Marina is jaw-droppingly gorgeous' into such an order, you can't deny that this one most certainly is.
Based on the rakish TC Coupé, the obscure conversion was carried out by noted roof-loppers Crayford, who performed the original design work before passing the job over to Plymouth-based British Leyland dealers Mumford. As you can see, a visual quirk makes the doors appear rather short on the coupé, leaving an unresolved space between the front and rear side windows into which Crayford shoehorned a little rectangle of glass; given the high cost of the conversion along with the arguably hurried-through aesthetic, Mumford Marinas didn't sell in huge numbers - so when you see them these days, they tend to have been looked after.
...and this one's really been looked after. Every inch of it looks showroom-fresh and in that colour, on those Dunlops, in that splendid condition, it really is a little gem. A genuinely desirable Marina.

Spotted at last year's Soft-Top Sunday Breakfast Club - click here for more photos.

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