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In Coventry a century ago the first cars to bear the Hillman name were being produced as Hillman-Coatalens, since Louis Coatalen designed the first examples. Early production included lusty four-cylinder 6.4-litre and six-cylinder 9.7-litre models, but the 9hp Hillman (built until 1925) was sold in much greater numbers, and sports versions were competitive in motor-sport. The larger Hillman Fourteen…

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Hillman Hillman Hunter (‘Arrow’ Range)

Hillman Hillman Hunter (‘Arrow’ Range)

RATING:

8 / 10

PRICE: Hunter/Minx: £300 - £1500; GT/GLS: £500 - £2500

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Fast Facts

  • Produced:
    1966-79
  • Bodywork:
    Four-door saloon; Five-door estate
  • Engine:
    Overhead valve in-line four-cylinder
  • 0-60 mph:
    1500/1725: 13-17.5+ sec; 1725 GLS: 9.5 sec
  • Top Speed:
    85 - 105 mph
  • MPG:
    22-35
  • Power:
    1496cc: 54bhp; 1725cc: 61bhp (later cars 74bhp);1725cc: GT 82bhp/ GLS 95bhp

Aimed right at the Cortina, which launched its Mk2 at the same time, the angular Arrow range is a worthy yet underrated rival. The most desirable versions are the Rapierengined but Minx-based GT and the hot Holbay racing tuned GLS. The lineup initially comprised just the Hunter and more opulent Singer versions (although there was also a rare-spotted Sunbeam for a short while). A new Hillman Minx joined these in January 1967, featuring the Hunter/Vogue body shell and Rootes’ new 1489cc engine. Spacious estate versions from April 1967. A decade later - and by now grossly outdated - the cars were redesignated Chryslers then Talbots.

Hillman (Post War) Hillman Minx To 1948

Hillman (Post War) Hillman Minx To 1948

RATING:

6 / 10

PRICE: Saloon/estate: £500 - £3000+; Tourer: £2000 - £6000

Fast Facts

  • Produced:
    1946-48
  • Bodywork:
    Four-door saloon; two-door tourer estate
  • Engine:
    Sidevalve in-line; four-cylinder 1184cc 35bhp
  • Top Speed:
    65+ mph
  • MPG:
    30-40

Well worth a look as a practical, interesting classic for a family. Rare (especially early ones), Hillman’s Minx saloon once sold in healthy numbers and provided solid, reliable motoring in the mid-range family car market of its time. Many are unaware that significant features on some of the first cars included a standard-fit car radio (in the ‘Melody Minx’ of 1932), and all-synchromesh gearboxes (but only fitted between 1935 and 1939). Post-War cars look generally similar to their predecessors, but had more power. We reckon Minx is an overlooked, undervalued classic, which is good news if you are buying as prices are generally affordable.

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