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Robert Jones bought an existing vehicle body maker in Coventry in 1919 and started Carbodies. Large runs of set designs were Carbodies business, working for Alvis, MG and the Rootes Group as well as Austin and parts of British Leyland. During the 1950s Carbodies made Ford convertibles, London Taxis and in 1954 they were sold to BSA. Some work for Daimler (owned by BSA) followed, including fabrication for the Daimler DS420 Limousine. Carbodies also carried out work to convert Triumph and Humber cars into Estates, as well building Ford Cortina convertibles to engineering by Crayford


Alvis 1250 1929  Saloon front
Alvis 12/50 1929. This car has a Carbodies of Coventry 'Atlantic' body
Alvis 12-60 TK 1931 rear
Alvis 12/60 TK 1931. This 'beetle-back' sports body is by Carbodies and was the 1931 London Motor Show car.
Alvis TA14 Carbodies DHC 1947 front
Alvis TA14 DHC. Coachbuilt bodies were still available on the TA14, but the most common Drophead Coupe was by Carbodies of Coventry. There was also a more expensive and rarer Tickford DHC.
Austin K8 Three-Way front
Austin K8 Van Three-Way. Known as the 'Three-Way' Van because it had doors at the back and on both sides, the K8 was built from 1948-54 with bodywork by Carbodies.
Hillman Minx Phase I DHC front
Hillman Minx Phase II DHC. Hillman reintroduced the drophead coupe after the War, possibly to attract export sales, although in fact few were sold.
Austin A40 Somerset DHC rear
Austin Somerset DHC. Built for Austin by Carbodies of Coventry.
Austin FX3 Taxi frontp
Austin Taxi FX3. The 'Austin' FX3 Taxi was a project by Mann and Overton and built by Carbodies in Coventry. However, it was designed by Austin's Jim Stanfield, and used an Austin chassis and 2199cc engine.
Daimler Conquest Century 1954 front
Damler Conquest Century Saloon. The Daimler Conquest body was designed by Barkers for use with the 1950 Lanchester Fourteen and it was given to the Conquest in 1953. Carbodies built the bodies for Daimler.
Ford Consul 111 convertible rearo
Ford Consul Convertible (EOTA). Carbodies converted Consul and Zephyr bodies in Coventry and passed them back to Ford for final assembly.
Ford Consul 204E Convertible rear
Humber Super Snipe Series V Estate rearw
Humber Super Snipe Estate. It has been claimed that the design of the Hawk/Super Snipe estate is based on the Chevrolet Nomad estate, and the arrangement of the split tailgate and wraparound side windows is strongly reminscent. Humber gave the job of building the Hawk/Super Snipe estates to Carbodies of Coventry.
Austin FX4 Taxi front1
Austin Taxi FX4. Designed by Eric Bailey (Austin) with Jake Donaldson (Carbodies), underneath the FX4 was mechanically as the FX3 with an auto transmission 2.2litre diesel engine as standard. The small rear lights and 'bunny ears' roof indicators pre-date the 1968 upgrade.
u_Triumph 2500 PI MkI Estate side
Triumph 2.5 PI Estate built by Carbodies from Triumph shells
Daimler DS420 Limousine front
Daimler DS420 Limousine. The DS420 was designed with the hallmarks of Jaguar's 420G in the bonnet and lighting, modified to incorporate a traditional Daimler grille. Underneath lay an extended Jaguar 420G chassis and all the mechanics from that car.
Ford Cortina MkV Crayford rear
Ford Cortina TF Convertible Crayford. Only about 30 of these convertibles were built before in 1982 Ford ceased production of the Ford Cortina MkV and replaced it with the Ford Sierra. The design was sold by Crayford Engineering
key text:  This is the page introducing Simons love of cars from the website  RedSimon which is a series of photo albums of Simon GP Geoghegan.
The names of Pinin, Farina, and Pininfarina are also considered
There are also notes on Pininfarina
as well as the car maker
and links tothat car maker
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withe even more on RedSimon
Simon is also a contributor to SuperCars.Net
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