Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - LARKIN’S BEST BUYS -

WHY WE LOVE IT It’s a truly joy­ous and charm­ing Rootes-mo­bile teem­ing with lux­ury touches but with bits of Hill­man Su­per Minx thrown into the mix.

Although Rootes in­tro­duced this car in 1958, here we’re con­cen­trat­ing on the Se­ries III-V model built from 1960-1967, com­plete with twin head­lamps. Never mind the con­sid­er­able im­prove­ments to sus­pen­sion, en­gine and in­te­rior space that came about with this model – we just want the glam­our that those ex­tra lights bring.

What a fab­u­lous piece of de­sign! The Su­per Snipe of­fers an in­tox­i­cat­ing blend of Amer­i­can in­flu­ences – there’s quite a bit of ’55 Chevy in there, we reckon – and some em­phat­i­cally Bri­tish Rootes-ness.

Ar­guably these cars are the nicest and most nim­ble to drive com­pared to con­tem­po­raries such as the BMC big Fari­nas and even the Rover P5, and build qual­ity is cer­tainly up there with the best. Rootes knew how to throw in a good piece of wood or two, and the seats are glo­ri­ously com­fort­able.

The six-cylin­der en­gine is strong and re­li­able and will whisk you to get­ting on for 100mph. You can cer­tainly place one of these cars in the over­tak­ing lane of a mo­tor­way with­out em­bar­rass­ment while car­ry­ing on a hushed con­ver­sa­tion with your pas­sen­ger. Could any­one ask for more?

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