Works Imp for sale

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - www.richard­ed­mond­sauc­

A 1966 rac­ing Hill­man Imp that took part in the 1967 Monte Carlo Rally will go un­der the ham­mer next month.

Richard Ed­monds’ Auc­tions is ex­pect­ing the Imp, one of eight works cars built be­tween 1963 and 1969, to make around £50,000.

Its en­gine has also been ver­i­fied as the one pre­pared for rally driver Rose­mary Smith when she drove in the UK’s first tele­vised ral­ly­cross in 1967.

It fin­ished the 1967 Monte Carlo Rally sec­ond in class and 46th over­all. It also com­peted in the Tulip Rally the same year, com­ing sec­ond in class and 10th over­all, but re­tired from the 1967 Coupé des Alpines.

Its ap­pear­ance in the in­au­gu­ral tele­vised ral­ly­cross event came about af­ter an out­break of foot-and-mouth dis­ease caused the RAC Rally to be can­celled at the last minute.

Owner Mark Trudge says: ‘I was lucky to buy it. I was on hol­i­day in Wales in 2013 when I saw an ad­vert in a lo­cal pa­per. As it was in Cheshire not too far away, I met the re­tired banker owner. He wouldn’t sell the car to me for about a month un­til he was sure that I was go­ing to look af­ter it.’

The Imp will be put up for sale at on 4 March.

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