Whilst BMC had the Mini, Rootes was busily planning a little car and the Hillman Imp emerged 1963.
The Imp was developed by Tim Fry and Mike Parkes, and had a rear-mounted, lightweight, all-aluminium Coventry Climax engine and all-independent suspension.
Following Government incentives, a brand new factory to produce the Imp was erected at Linwood near Glasgow. The Imp never reached its full potential, suffering from under-development and the vagaries of the politics at Rootes Group and Chrysler. By 1976 and less than 500,000 cars later, the Imp was consigned to history.
This Imp Super included extra exterior flashes, chrome wheel discs, twin tone horn and upgraded interior trim.