In 1987, production of the hard top models, Laser and Tardis ceased, and they were replaced, in 1988 by the Cardinal and its higher
spec sibling, the Cardinal Clubman. The layout of the Cardinal was the same as the later versions of the Tardis it replaced.
newer models were designed around the newly introduced full perimiter chassis, with new, sleeker designed and moulded front cowl,
incorporating the gas and storage locker. As a result of this new front cowling, the roof winding mechanism was now relocated to the
rear of the unit.
The Cardinal models offered full width L shaped seating at the front, giving extra seating space over and above
a traditional dinette. Behind the dinette was a kitchen, on one side, and a long storage unit / wardrobe on the other. The model also
featured two large, slide out, double beds, in addition to the third double, made up from the dinette seating.
The 1988 version
of the model was introduced with a burgundy and grey colour scheme, with matching upholstery. This colour scheme was continued, into
the 1989 model, also. The Cardinal Clubman also offered velour upholstery, with matching accessories, a three way fridge, 240V electric
system, with charger, inner bed tents and a lockable steel security box.
In 1990, the colour scheme changed to bottle green and
beige, which continued for a further two years, until 1992. A more subtle change ocurred in 1993, when the colour scheme became bottle
green and grey. The final change was in 1996 and 1997, when the canvas colour was, once again, changed, this time to petrol blue
Production of the model, in it's existing format, ceased in 1998, however, the name Clubman continued for another
five years, until the eventual demise of the company. It was, however, a much ammended layout, more akin to the Conway Crusader. Indeed,
it is probably fair to say that it was, effectively, a hard top version of the Crusader.
The later Clubman is dealt with, separately,
in this guide.
Included in the paperwork sections above and below are three of the Conway brochures that included the Cardinal
as well as the specific setup instructions for this model. We have included the first (1988) last (1998) and middle (1993) brochures.
As with all of the Conway models these are included with the kind permission of the Conway Owners Club
. The rest of the brochures
containing this model can be found on the Conway Owners Club web site.
Also, at the bottom of the page, are some further images,
and a couple of comprehensive walk through videos of Cardinal models.