Hill­man Minx

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - Matt Richard­son

EN­GINE 1725cc/4-cyl/OHV POWER 62bhp@4400rpm TORQUE 93lb ft@2500rpm MAX­I­MUM SPEED 84mph 0-60MPH 16sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 24-26mpg TRANS­MIS­SION RWD, four-speed man­ual MoT 12 months ODOME­TER 72,662 miles WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?

It feels far quicker than the 0-60mph time would sug­gest, the en­gine revving freely and smoothly, even at higher revs. It feels strong, haul­ing the small car along quite rapidly. The sus­pen­sion is sup­ple, with a float­ing ride and a bit of roll, yet it tack­les poor road sur­faces eas­ily and qui­etly. The four-speed, floor-shift man­ual gearchange is light, the syn­chro­mesh work­ing per­fectly as it slides neatly into each po­si­tion. Steer­ing is light, with no play and the brakes are very good – the car stops fast and straight with good pedal feel.

BODY­WORK CHECK

This car has been un­der­sealed and the floor and in­ner whee­larches ap­pear to be solid. The pan­els are all in great shape – there are no dents or scrapes and no sign of rust. There are barely any stonechips to speak of, but there are a cou­ple of cracks in the paint on the bootlid and off­side rear whee­larch. The chrome is good – the bumpers are pre­sentable, but there’s a lit­tle pit­ting on the door han­dles. The 155/80 R13 tyres all have good tread but The green vinyl seats show lit­tle sign of wear; they don’t ap­pear to have been re­trimmed but the driver’s seat cer­tainly doesn’t look like it’s been sat in for 72,600 miles. There are static seat­belts in the front, but none in the back. The rear bench is in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion. There are no cracks in the dash­board top and the fake wood looks good, but on the neg­a­tive side, the car­pets have been re­placed re­cently – the ma­te­rial it­self is good but the fit isn’t as good as it could be. The slim steer­ing wheel has a lit­tle sur­face wear in the plas­tic rim. An old Hill­man Own­ers’ Club sticker in the rear screen sug­gests that the car has en­joyed a lov­ing and en­thu­si­as­tic home in the past.

UN­DER THE BON­NET

Part of this car’s rather sprightly per­for­mance can per­haps be at­trib­uted to the car­bu­ret­tor, which has been up­graded to a We­ber 34 ICH. There is also a spin-on oil fil­ter and a new fuel pump and the en­gine bay it­self ap­pears to have been well­main­tained. It’s be­lieved to have been re­stored about 10 years ago and the garage re­ports that the last owner traded this car in for an­other Rootes model. Over­all it is very solid and me­chan­i­cally it feels su­perb.

THE CCW VIEW

Although unas­sum­ing in ap­pear­ance, this mod­est sa­loon is a bril­liantly re­ward­ing drive. Per­haps the en­gine has been tweaked as it feels like it flies. The ride and seats are com­fort­able and it feels me­chan­i­cally strong – over­all it a great place to be. It’s by no means a con­cours ex­am­ple, but it drives beau­ti­fully and looks like a lot of Minx for the money.

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