1968 Super rare Hillman New Minx! UNLEADED! Not Paykan For Sale
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|This is a really rare almost unique opportunity to buy a running, driving Hillman New Minx. These cars were only built for a very short production run and unfortunately very few survive today. While they are extremely rare in any condition, finding one that's a daily driver like mine is almost impossible. Until now!|
This is a very early car, being first registered in the summer of 1968. Its a real survivor and amazingly only has 25000 miles on the clock! Obviously the mileage will increase slightly as this car is my daily driver. Production of the New Minx stopped in 1970 by the way which is part of the reason why there were not that many in the first place. From what I can tell, this is a matching numbers car, even the locks match (one key for doors and ignition, one key for the boot, as it would have been from the factory).
I know I keep saying it, but please don't under-estimate how rare this car is. Apparently according to the many emails I had from various car enthusiasts, there are only a few running driving examples in the entire world. Seriously.
This car looks very distinctive and turns heads everywhere. People always smile when they see it, and I had a LOT of older folks and also Iranian folks start talking to me about it on the street. In my ownership it has also attracted interest from various people and companies for photoshoots, advertising and that kind of stuff, it really is a car that gets noticed a LOT everywhere it goes. I have a whole pile of notes people left on my car saying 'can I rent your car for a wedding' or 'can I use your car for a prom' or similar.
I had a lot of messages from people in the Iranian community both in the UK and abroad, saying that this car looks very similar to their beloved Paykan. I had no idea about this, but it turns out that this is the Paykans grandfather! So if you are from the Iranian community and recognise this car, that's why. The Iranian Paykan was a design based on these old British-made Hillmans, which were made in Iran long after production in the UK stopped. Unfortunately because so few of the original British-built versions like this one survive nowadays, not many people know what they are. If you are a Paykan fan and fancy owning it's original British ancestor that started it all, now is your chance! Buyers from any country are most welcomed, however you will have to arrange for collection and payment, as unfortunately I don't have the spare time to arrange shipping a car to another country.
This car is MOT exempt and the tax is free of course due to it's age, however because a lot of buyers prefer to buy cars with a MOT, I got this one MOTd recently. It passed first time with no problems of course.
The engine is a 1.5 and it's manual.
This car runs and drives and stops very well. You can jump in it and drive it away today. Since its my daily driver, you don't have to worry about wandering if it's been stood up for years. It hasn't. I use it every day.
Its mostly very original looking, with only a few upgrades and improvements which don't really detract from it's originality but make it much more practical to drive in our modern everyday world. These include:
A proper unleaded converted engine. You can run this car on absolutely normal regular fuel straight out of the filling station, no need for additives. This is a real unleaded conversion (unleaded cylinder head fitted) and not one of those fake rubbish ones that a lot of people advertise nowadays. It was expensive to do and had to be done by a specialist pretty far away but totally worth it for the car's preservation I think, so I had it done.
The exhaust is a replica of the original, but custom-made from stainless steel so will last forever, replacing the exhaust will never be a problem.
The original dynamo generator has been replaced with an alternator (and the car is 12v negative earth, like a modern car), a hazard lights switch has been added (believe it or not, these did not come with one!) and the original not very good sealed-beam headlights and foglights have been replaced with much better new units with normal removable halogen bulbs. I actually have those yellow 'classic look' bulbs (like people use on VW beetles and Citroen HYs) fitted because I like that look and I think it really suites the car, but if you wanted to you could replace them with normal bulbs or LED modules or whatever.
Finally, there's a really nice sounding but hidden sound system. Originally, these cars only had an analog radio with one speaker. I wanted nice sounding audio but no ugly modern speakers sticking out of anywhere and no holes in any interior panel, so everything is hidden under the dash and under the seats etc. Sounds really nice. The stereo is one of those new 'vintage look' ones that has all normal functions youd want from a new stereo but with a chrome grill two-dial design that doesn't look out of place in a 60s car. I actually still have the original 1960s Chrysler radio that came with this car too, it's not fitted anymore but I kept it.
This car has had a lot of work recently (in the last few hundred miles). All the brakes, clutch, cylinders, hydraulic pipes, flexible hoses, shoes, pads, brake servo etc has been replaced, as has been the radiator, water pump, thermostat, fuel pump, and a whole bunch of other stuff. The reason so much stuff was replaced is because the car is over 50 years old and because of it's tiny mileage a lot of that stuff was original. I got most of it replaced just for peace of mind, don't want to drive around on brakes from half a century ago! The tires are a matching set of good quality Japanese ones that are barely a couple of hundred miles old, and the battery is new. Finally, it also just had a full service with all the usual service items as well as ALL fluids and filters (even those ones you forget about!) changed as well as a rebuilt carb. For a full list of stuff replaced, as well as a full list of upgrades and modernizations, please message me, its pretty long!
Believed to have lived in the same household most if not all it's life before being briefly passed around some dealers and ending up with me. For some reason the previous owner had 4 sets of keys, so they come with it, as well as a Haynes manual, original Hillman factory workshop manual (it's huge!) and some odd bits of paper, old tax discs, etc.
Everything seems to work fine, even little things like the Amps gauge and the interior light which apparently often don't work. The car is an absolute pleasure to drive, its comfortable, has been nothing but the most reliable for me, and even gets decent fuel economy! Being a 53 year old British classic, it does have its little quirks, but to be honest I have found it nothing but a pleasure to own. Obviously it's not a brand new car, it has wear and defects here and there, but all in all considering it's age I think it's really not that bad at all, certainly very usable.
You may be asking, why on earth am I even selling this absolute beauty? The simple answer is, it's too small for me! I am looking to replace it with something larger (like a Ford Zephyr / Zodiac or something similar) or perhaps a 60s estate car or even a small van, or perhaps something 60s/70s American. Unfortunately I need the extra space, and this car as wonderful as it is, is a little too small for me. Sad times. I wish I could keep it too just because it's so unique and different but I only have one garage.
So there you have it. A very VERY rare survivor and probably your only chance to buy one of these this side of the year 21st century.
Please note, this car is located in DORSET. Dorset is far away from almost everywhere! Unless you live here in the deep south it's probably far away from you, so please take that into account when making travel plans. This car really needs to be viewed, please come and view it. I can do pre-arranged viewings on weekday evenings or weekends only. If you decide to come by public transport, collection from the nearest public transport station is no problem at all. Payment in cash on collection only please. I genuinely don't care where you are from, international buyers are most welcomed, however you will have to use a shipping company that can pay me on collection on your behalf and take the car away. There is NO way that I can deal with exporting it to you myself.
Thanks for looking! Have a nice day!
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