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Hillman

Imp Super, 1969

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Make
Hillman
Manufacturer
Rootes Group
Location Made
Linwood
Accession Number
2008-18-1
Collection
BMIHT Vehicle Collection
Type
Car
Status
Permanent collection
Engine
4 cyl, 875 cc, 42 bhp
Fuel
Petrol
Top Speed
78 mph (126 km/h)
Body Style
Saloon
Price When New
£658
Materials
metal, rubber, plastics, glass, textiles
Dimensions
3566mm (l), 1530mm (w), 1384mm (h)
Location
Museum

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.

Adopt this car for £25

Adopted by:

Kenneth Hunter

Chris Roberts/Widerview Visual Media

Brian Launchbury