Hillman Minx

EN­GINE 1592cc/4-cyl/OHV POWER 62bhp@4800rpm TORQUE 84lb ft@2800rpm MAX­I­MUM SPEED 86mph 0-60MPH 22.2sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 22-28mpg TRANS­MIS­SION RWD, four-speed man­ual MoT 12 months ODOMETER 60,130 miles

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News - Richard Gunn

WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?

This Hillman starts in­stantly from cold and doesn’t need a long time on full choke. The sub­se­quent idle barely wa­vers, and ac­cel­er­a­tion is en­thu­si­as­tic and un­hesi­tat­ing, with around 55-60mph feel­ing nat­u­rally com­fort­able. Oil pres­sure is a healthy 40psi at warm tick­over, 60psi un­der load. A very light clutch pedal makes the four-speed man­ual gear­box a plea­sure to snick through its ra­tios. How­ever, the non-ser­voas­sisted brakes re­quire a hefty shove to of­fer their best and the steer­ing wheel is an­gled slightly to the right with the wheels point­ing di­rectly ahead.

BODY­WORK CHECK

This car was com­pre­hen­sively re­stored in 2006 and 2007 and has since picked up many cups and shields at events. There’s no rust and the pale blue paint is pos­i­tively ra­di­ant in di­rect sun­light. Closer in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­veals a few ar­eas of orange peel ef­fect here and there, but panel gaps are even all around, in­clud­ing the doors – they don’t of­ten fit that well on the sa­loons, let alone the con­vert­ibles. Aside from some light pit­ting on the Mazak pas­sen­ger door han­dle, all the bright­work is sparkling and un­tar­nished. The body colour ex­tends un­der­neath the car, rather than un­der­seal­ing hav­ing been ap­plied.

HOW’S THE IN­TE­RIOR?

The blue car­pets and match­ing vinyl seats are in as-new con­di­tion and the metal­lic blue dash panel shows just a lit­tle patina. No seat­belts are fit­ted – this is a 1963 car, so they’re not a le­gal re­quire­ment. All the gauges func­tion cor­rectly; speedome­ter nee­dles can be quite vac­il­lat­ing on these cars, but this one gives a pre­cise read­ing. The choke knob has a ‘C’ glued on to it to dif­fer­en­ti­ate it from the other con­trols nearby. The hood is in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion and easy to raise and lower.

UN­DER THE BON­NET

The en­gine bay is as im­mac­u­late as the rest of the car, with hardly a hint of oil or grime to be found. Even un­der­neath the brake and clutch mas­ter cylin­ders is free from any fluid stain­ing or cor­ro­sion; and the rocker cover, block and ra­di­a­tor are fin­ished in a smart gloss black. All flu­ids are clean and to their cor­rect lev­els. The car comes with an ex­ten­sive his­tory file, in­clud­ing pho­to­graphs of the restoration process. It’s patently en­joyed a lot of care, at­ten­tion and ex­pen­di­ture.

THE CCW VIEW

This Su­per Minx looks like most of its ren­o­va­tion work was done only yes­ter­day, de­spite hav­ing been re­stored more than a decade ago. It is ex­pen­sive for a Hillman but these con­vert­ibles are get­ting rare, and find­ing an­other as good as this one would be ex­tremely dif­fi­cult. If you want the best, then this is prob­a­bly it… but qual­ity such as this tends to to come at a jus­ti­fi­ably high price.

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