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Hillman Imp De Luxe Saloon

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Hillman had been part of the Rootes Group since 1928 and the ill-fated Imp project contributed to the merge with Chrysler in 1964.

In 1963, a purpose-built factory opened at Linwood, Paisley, to produce the new Hillman Imp. On paper, it was 'an inspiration in light car design' to rival the Mini. Its light alloy rear engine with overhead camshaft was new technology for a mass-produced small car. In practice, there were quality and personnel problems at Linwood, and the Imp never did threaten Mini popularity.

This is believed to be the first production car: chassis number 6, body number 1. It was kindly restored by the Canterbury Motor Company.

Year1963
CountryBritish
Capacity875cc
CylindersIn-line 4
ValvesOverhead camshaft
Output39hp @ 5,000rpm
Maximum speed76mph/122.31kph
Price new£532
ManufacturerRootes (Scotland) Ltd

 

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