Hillman Minx

EN­GINE 1592cc/4-cyl/OHV POWER 53bhp@4100rpm TORQUE 87lb ft@2100rpm MAX­I­MUM SPEED 79mph 0-60MPH 23sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 26-30mpg TRANS­MIS­SION RWD, four-speed man­ual MoT 12 months on sale ODOME­TER 23,231 miles

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - Nick Larkin

WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?

This Minx has the feel of a well-looked af­ter ex­am­ple. It starts fol­low­ing a short churn on the starter with no ex­ces­sive ex­haust smoke and drives smoothly with some fine Rootes gear whine. Per­for­mance from the 1.6-litre en­gine is ad­e­quate for most needs, cruis­ing hap­pily at 58mph with more in re­serve. The Hillman also feels ‘solid’ on the road with sur­pris­ingly lit­tle wan­der, given that it’s a 1960s car on crossply tyres. The steer­ing isn’t over-light and feels well-weighted, the clutch isn’t too heavy and the brakes and floor-mounted gearchange work well.

BODY­WORK CHECK

The sin­gle-tone cream paint is in good or­der. We could find no con­cern­ing blis­ters or spots of rust any­where; even the whee­larches have sur­vived well. The sills look good and there are no signs of weld­ing, though a cou­ple of rust streaks in the paint sug­gest that there might be some in­ter­nal cor­ro­sion to the front doors, though there is no other ex­ter­nal ev­i­dence and the drainage holes aren’t blocked. The car’s chrome has stood up very well, though there is some mi­nor pit­ting to the door han­dles. The tyres look to be in gen­er­ally good con­di­tion and are a mix­ture of Dun­lop and Ca­mac.

HOW’S THE IN­TE­RIOR?

All the in­te­rior met­al­work is in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion and the dash­board bright­work looks new. There is no craz­ing or other signs of dam­age to the var­i­ous in­te­rior badges and the steer­ing wheel looks hardly used. All the in­stru­ments work as they should. The car has been fit­ted with pe­riod Bri­tax seat­belts and the door pan­els and pad­ding on the par­cel shelf look to have been re­placed. The car­pets are orig­i­nal but ser­vice­able and the glass is in good con­di­tion.

UN­DER THE BON­NET

The en­gine runs ex­tremely well and there are no signs of bad ‘breath­ing’ when the oil filler cap is re­moved. There’s a bit of oil on the rocker cover, most likely down to a drip or two when fill­ing rather than any­thing sin­is­ter; the oil it­self doesn’t ap­pear to be con­tam­i­nated. All the hoses look to be ser­vice­able, as does what ap­pears to be the orig­i­nal ra­di­a­tor, and there are no wiring hor­rors. The car has plenty of ser­vice his­tory, con­firm­ing that it’s been well looked af­ter, rather than sub­ject to ma­jor en­gine de­tail­ing.

THE CCW VIEW

This is a good, hon­est ex­am­ple of these fine, stylish cars, sug­gest­ing that the mileage could be gen­uine. We’d want to check in­side those doors to en­sure that there’s no in­cip­i­ent cor­ro­sion, but the own­ers say that the car has been im­pec­ca­bly re­li­able in their two-year own­er­ship. Sadly, the car was stripped of its orig­i­nal reg­is­tra­tion num­ber, so the DVLA is­sued it with a stan­dard A-suf­fix num­ber in the 1980s.

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