This is the very reluctant sale of a car I’ve owned for over ten years and restored some 8 years ago. I purchased the car as it was a basically sound example that could be improved to suit everyday use – with mileage at around 113,000 miles, it has never failed to deliver!
It has a unique colour combination – the colours were available on Sunbeam Rapiers but never on the Super Minx (when in white there were only offered as single colour). However, I decided when it was resprayed that I would have a contrasting roof colour as offered in the other Super Minx colours and I would also incorporate the side ‘flash’ that was available on the saloons (it is fitted with stainless strip taken from a saloon). It’s a combination I think works really well and subsequently, when discussing with an expert from The Hillman Owners’ club he said it was something Rootes would have done if they had been requested to, but he was unaware of it ever happening.
The car is fitted with the 1725 five bearing crank engine and runs sweetly. It has just had a new clutch (100 miles ago) and all the running gear seems fine – I would certainly take it on a long journey without hesitation. It is fitted with the Laycock overdrive but this was fitted post-production and therefore does not have the proper switch gear (it has a pull switch mounted under the dash). This has two main impacts; first, it doesn’t kick out when you change down, second, it throws out the speedo. The first never worried me as the difference the overdrive made was so impressive. The second I tried to rectify by trying a number of different speedos but I could never get it right (if you look at past MOTs you’ll see the mileage varies a good deal from one to the next as I acquired different second hand Rootes speedos!) and eventually gave up after we moved to Norfolk and had a house to restore! If it bothers you it could easily be returned to original with the removal of the overdrive unit and by replacing the propshaft.
The body is still basically very sound and there is no rot I’ve found underneath. The paint remains bright and impressive but there are now blemishes in the paintwork with some scabbing that will need attention in time. I’ve attached picture that show close-ups of the worst of it.
One of the elements of a Super Minx that is difficult to find in good original condition (particularly the Estate, is the interior and in this case it is excellent. The steering wheel is clean with no loss of the surface (a problem with these that turns them sticky in damp weather). The seats are free from splits, tears and the under-support does not sag. The crash roll cover that it a terrible problem on Super Minxes and, indeed, on all sixties motors is not split and is supple. It comes with the usual mats in the rear compartment but has been professionally fitted with carpets elsewhere.
Please feel free to ask any questions but, of course, there is no substitute to viewing the car yourself and it is strongly recommended before you buy. It is now 53 years old and you should make sure it suits your requirements before you purchase.
In summary, I think this is a very good example that could, with some little effort, be made an exceptional one.
On offer is this superb Hillman Super Minx finished in period Fern Green with an Alpine White roof and green trim. The car has covered an incredibly low 28,800 miles from new supported by extensive.....