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1 July 2005
This lot is offered without a reserve
1961 HILLMAN MINX SERIES IIIB FOUR DOOR SALOON
Registration No. 125 XVW
Chassis No. B1125435
Engine No. B1125435
Lake Blue with Old English White roof and mid blue interior
Engine: four cylinders in line, overhead valves, 1,494cc, 57bhp at 4,400rpm; Gearbox: four speed manual; Suspension: front, independent coils, rear, semi-elliptic leaf springs; Brakes: drums all round. Right hand drive.
Hillman had been part of the Rootes Group since 1928, and as such was among the first marques to come under the BMC umbrella. By the early 1960s rationalisation of the British car industry had been set in full swing with marques sharing components and yet catering for slightly different customers through the various brands. Thus the Hillman Minx shared its bodywork and most of its mechanicals with the Singer Gazelle and the Sunbeam Rapier, and evolved as these others did through the gradual introduction of improvements. By 1960 the gear change had migrated to the floor and the car had acquired bigger, more effective brakes to help rein in the 57bhp of its new 1,498cc pushrod engine. The Series IIIB introduced a hypoid rear axle, bringing an extra level of refinement to the small saloon.
The Minx offered here was first registered on 1st July 1961 to Mr Alfred Layon of Upminster, and was kept in his possession until at least October 1970. MoT certificates survive from 1972-73 and 1975-76, but the car and has been a permanent fixture of the museum since at least the early Nineteen Eighties. Its paintwork has survived well as has the original blue interior, which barely shows any wear. The odometer shows 33,764 miles, a figure which would appear to be corroborated by the car's unworn condition. An old-style buff logbook accompanies the car, as do the aforementioned MoT certificates.
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