This is a lovely little 1955 Mk 8 (pre series) Hillman minx.
DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND THIS CAR NOW HAS 12 MONTHS MOT. I had so many people message me saying ''if only it had a MOT I would but it". Despite the fact that its MOT exempt (so obviously doesn't need one) it seems people still want one anyway for some reason. Anyway, there you go, 12 months MOT, passed first time.
It was owned by a classic car enthusiast for a long time, an older gentleman who used it as their everyday car sometimes. I finally had the opportunity to buy it from them so I did, however unfortunately I just can't get along with it. Its not the car's fault, its a very good car, just I am used to classic Volkswagens and this car is very different to a beetle or similar. Unfortunately for me (fortunately for you) i made the decision to sell it and buy something a bit more familiar to me.
This car is awesome! It has all the cool features youd want from a classic car like an interior thats like driving an old leather arm chair, bench seats front and rear, column change (When was the last time you saw that?!) and all-red rear lights. Its surprisingly smooth and quiet to drive and is very comfortable. These Minxes were high-spec cars in their day, and it shows. Its a very nice place to be!
There is still a paper tax disc in the window from the last year of the paper discs. The previous owner kept it as a little keepsake from years gone by, and I kept it there too.
A note on MOTs and MOT exemption.
A lot of people seem to be confused by MOTs and MOT exemption. I keep getting the same question over and over again, people asking how its possible that this car was in daily use for a long time despite not having a MOT. MOT exemption was not invented last year. Cars older than 1960 were MOT exempt all along. Last year they just extended that to cars older than 1979. Since this car was built in 1955, therefore before 1960, it was MOT exempt even before last year. That's how the previous owner drove it completely legally and legitimately without having it MOTd every year.
This car has its original 3-letter 3-number dateless registration which IS transferable if you wanted to. Its TKA 245 and has been valued at quiet a lot of money. I am not interested in selling it separately. If you want to take the registration off the car, that's your choice, but you're going to have to buy the whole thing. It also still has its old 1950s (?) number plates with raised white characters on a black background. Really looks the part!
These had a 1.4 (1390cc) petrol engine and 4 gears. I believe this was the first model to have the famous Rootes pushrod engine, which will go on to power so many Rootes models for years and will turn out to be a very rugged and reliable engine.
Its very original and un-modified. It has almost nothing non-standard and the few upgrades it does have don't really detract from it at all I think, just make it a little more usable.
It runs, drives, and is road-legal. I drive it often when the weather isn't bad. I would not hesitate to jump in it and drive it anywhere, its never let me down. Being this old, its MOT exempt, and of course the tax is free.
Its had a lot of work by the previous owner. A LOT! Most of this was new-old-stock or reconditioned parts sourced thru the club, and cost a small fortune. I believe this includes:
- New complete exhaust
- Reconditioned radiator and water pump
- Reconditioned rear diff
- Dynamo and regulator (reconditioned or new, not sure)
- Reconditioned fuel tank, with a special coating inside so it can't rust from the inside out even with modern fuel
- New battery
- Re-chromed or new hubcaps (not sure).
I am not entirely sure on some of this stuff.
Its had a few upgrades. It has modern radial tires, all 4 are only a few months old. Much safer than the original cross-ply tires it would have originally had. I believe the dynamo/regulator combination is some kind of upgraded type (more powerful than the original?). I believe its also converted to negative earth, but I have to confirm this.
Finally, worth noting, headlights! It has brand new headlights which use normal modern H4 halogen bulbs. They look and work exactly like the originals do, except you can actually see at night, and spare bulbs are cheap and sold everywhere. Unlike the original pre-focus bulbs which are very weak and not usually sold locally.
Its sold fully serviced (all fluids filters etc) and ready to go for the new owner. Drive away today!
So, now, about its condition:
Interior : Considering its almost 65 years old, and has never been restored, the interior is in OK shape. The seats are still nice and comfortable, everything is usable and its a very nice place to sit.
Underside : All looks solid, no holes etc. Regularly under-sealed to keep the dreaded rust away.
Mechanical : Starts, drives, stops, everything seems to work as it should. Doesn't overheat make any unusual noises or leak or anything.
Body : While the paint finish on it is not that great by modern standards, considering its age I think it can be forgiven. Everything seems solid.. The paint is obviously not original, I expect its been painted many times over the years, however as far as I know its always (or at least for most of its life) been some shade of black. All in all its not bad at all considering its age I think. Please dont expect a modern style paint-job.
Electrical : Everything seems to work. Even still has its massive old metal horn, which makes a very loud low almost ship-like tone. They certainly don't make car horns like that anymore!
What it comes with:
-Modern V5c in my name
-Current MOT certificate
-Some old paperwork
-Two sets of keys
So there you have it, a very nice old car full of character you can drive away today.
Collection only from Dorset. Payment in cash only please. I am not really interested in offers, especially offers significantly lower than the asking price. If this doesn't fit your budget i would suggest looking elsewhere.
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