The History of Col Crawford Motors - A family owned business
At the age of 16 Col Crawford left school and decided he wanted to make cars his career. A burnt out house located on 483 Pittwater Road Brookvale was the starting point. Using the laundry of the burnt out house as his office, Col Crawford set up 8 cars on the block of land. Three of the cars did not belong to him; they were borrowed from friends to make the display more impressive! May 17th 1967 was the beginning.
With a young family Mr Crawford worked 7 days a week to establish the business. Initially he started selling Used Cars, then the expansion commenced with new bike and car franchises. Mr Crawford became the first to sell Honda vehicles in Australia, as well as becoming one of the top motor cycle dealers in the country. Following the acquisition of adjoining properties, in 1971 the Fiat, Rambler and Alpha Romeo franchises' were added to Col Crawford Motors. A year later these car franchises were replaced by Datsun - now known as Nissan - and in 1973 BMW.
During the 1970's Mr Crawford became very active in the Rotary movement and was to become the District Governor for the Rotary District. The annual Charity Fair Day saw the dealership close trading operations for one day of the year and invite the community and local charities to come onto the premises for "Charity Day' in which money and awareness was raised for local charity organisations.
In 1984 a million dollar showroom expansion took place and it was also the year that the first Charity Golf Day began for the Spastic Centre. To date, Mr Crawford's fundraising for the Spastic Centre of NSW has raised in excess of $2.2 Million Dollars.
In 1990 Col Crawford retired and passed the business to his son Stephen which was the beginning of a new era. On Australia Day in 1997, Col Crawford OAM, was recognised for his long standing charity and community efforts by being awarded with an Order of Australia. An honour he cherishes to this day. The size of the business has grown significantly over the years since Mr Crawford commenced as a small used car dealer on Pittwater Road in 1967. It remains to this day a family business, privately owned and still operates from its original site.
The Col Crawford company is held in high regard by both local business and the motor industry in which several awards have been received including Time Magazine "National Dealer of the Year Award". In 2003 we were awarded "Martec Australia's Dealer of the Year" and more recently in 2006 we won the The Manly Daily's "Business Achiever Motor Vehicle Dealer of the Year Award".
From the man who started small with big ideas grew a company that is well established and successful. The values based on good ethics, professionalism and high levels of customer service ensure that the company remains true to its motto of 'What drives you, drives us'.