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Another conversion on ebay, what the eck is that?

Postby malcymal » Wed Apr 01, 2009 6:19 pm

Another conversion on ebay, what the 'eck is that?
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Re: Another conversion on ebay, what the eck is that?

Postby JC » Wed Apr 01, 2009 7:34 pm

I've seen a couple of these in the past. No idea who was responsible for the conversion, but this particular one has a Mills 10 stop mech., which probably dates back to the late twenties.

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Re: Another conversion on ebay, what the eck is that?

Postby operator bell » Thu Apr 02, 2009 7:35 am

The style looks a lot like the Beromat conversions we were talking about a few weeks ago.

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Re: Another conversion on ebay, what the eck is that?

Postby malcymal » Thu Apr 02, 2009 9:32 am

Yes, it does look like a Beromat style of converting the case. What's the mech worth on its own?? Suppose it would be all right for spares. Be interesting to see what it goes for.

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Re: Another conversion on ebay, what the eck is that?

Postby pennymachines » Thu Apr 02, 2009 1:42 pm

I'd say it's closer to the Aristocrat Sheerline style (see pic). There's one more or less identical (apart from the "deluxe" badge) at this website which supplies film, TV and theatre props:: http://www.marinegrafics.com/props/cresta.htm
Description: "CRESTA DELUXE, circa 1955. A wacky machine made to sell in England. Put together from the guts of old Mills gooseneck machines and a few newer parts. Has Formica sides. Weird and wonderful, surely there is a movie set where the Cresta might make an aesthetic contribution."

The four reel Mills Special (c.1961) is a similar mystery. Made by Ainsworth, presumably "Mills" was adopted as the model name as a crafty way to add prestige to their product. Mills Novelty wouldn't object if the company was no longer trading.
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Re: Another conversion on ebay, what the eck is that?

Postby operator bell » Thu Apr 02, 2009 4:36 pm

You may well be right, Mr PennyMachines, and thanks for that bit of Aristocrat history - that must be how they got started. But there's something awfully English looking about the Cresta, down to the name itself, which looks as if it was made to go on the back of some forgotten model of car. If I were a gambling man I'd say the person who made the Cresta probably had a Sheerline to copy.

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Re: Another conversion on ebay, what the eck is that?

Postby malcymal » Thu Apr 02, 2009 6:03 pm

I actually remember in the 70's Cresta being a soda drink, with a bear that used to say "Its frothy man" And boy was it frothy as it had milk in it. It was a great drink until somebody got poisoned by it, as dairy does go off somewhat after time. In my village we used to have The Cresta Cafe too.
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Re: Another conversion on ebay, what the eck is that?

Postby pennymachines » Thu Apr 02, 2009 6:14 pm

Ah yes, of course - It's Frothy, Man!


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Re: Another conversion on ebay, what the eck is that?

Postby malcymal » Thu Apr 02, 2009 7:03 pm

Awesome advert, nice work !!! Blackcurrent was my favourite flavour too.

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Re: Another conversion on ebay, what the eck is that?

Postby arrgee » Fri Apr 03, 2009 9:06 am

Operator Bell wrote
which looks as if it was made to go on the back of some forgotten model of car
You are so right OB, the Vauxhall Cresta was a classic English car of the 1950's and 60's modelled on the bodywork designs of US swept wing and body styling. As soon as I saw the chrome name-plate I remembered this car. The person who converted this machine must have loved his Cresta (and his formica covered kitchen cupboard) as the name plate is actually from a Vauxhall Cresta of the 1960's (see pics)

Come on chaps, what else from the car industry can we adorn our machines with ? :eek:
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