1970-1981 HILL­MAN AVENGER

The fi­nal Rootes de­sign; sim­ple, func­tional and highly us­able, un­usual styling, es­pe­cially at the rear

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Rootes/Chrysler UK had vir­tu­ally a clean sheet of pa­per on which to de­sign the Avenger and the re­sult, while hardly world-beat­ing, was cer­tainly a suc­cess. It was re­li­able and eco­nom­i­cal, with lon­glast­ing 1248cc and 1498cc en­gines (1295cc and 1598cc from 1973).

You’ll pay good money for the cov­eted Es­cort Mex­ico-beat­ing Tiger, but the rest of the Avenger range has largely re­mained out of the lime­light, de­spite GLS mod­els be­ing well-equipped, some wacky spe­cial edi­tions – such as the white vinyl-roofed Top Hat – and the spa­cious and rarer-still es­tate.

The Avenger was later badged and mar­keted as a Chrysler and ended its days as a Tal­bot, all be it with rather less dis­tinc­tive styling.

BUY­ING TIPS

Rust has killed most Avengers, with front wings, whee­larches and the boot floor among the key dan­ger ar­eas.

Larger en­gines can be heavy on fuel if pressed hard, but none of them have any real vices, other than reg­u­lar wear and tear.

Shock ab­sorbers and sus­pen­sion bushes wear with age. Electrics were not al­ways bril­liant, es­pe­cially in early cars, so make sure ev­ery­thing from the lights to the heater blower works as it should.

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