1960 Hillman Minx IIIA Deluxe For Sale

This magnificent Hillman Minx Series IIIA (Audax) is a very rare survivor. We bought this car in 1999 and it has covered a total 2, 513 miles since, driving to and from local car shows. We are serial collectors of classic cars and wanted a real rock and roll era classic car with all the bells and whistles, ie lots of chrome and fins at the rear. We also wanted the traditional bench seat and column gear change so that three could sit in the front, but we also wanted the best Hillman Minx we could find. After a search of almost two years, we were able to purchase this car from another collector in Republic of Ireland. The car was originally sold in Leamington Spa in GB, then imported to ROI, and subsequently into Northern Ireland, which means that it can simply be re-registered in GB where the original registration should be available (SFO 543), or back to ROI for a 200 euro VRT fee (ZV 3661). What attracted us most of all 22 years ago is probably what will attract the purchaser now which is the fact that the car has been kept in totally original specification. This is partly due to the original rustproofing carried out when new, it has always been garaged and kept under cover, and been incredibly well cared for, for over 60 years.

We have a Heritage Certificate from the Rootes Archive Trust which confirms the recorded details of its manufacture in May 1960. It also confirms that the two-tone paint, apple green/ foam white, is as it left the factory, and it also came with lots of extra chrome including chrome headlamp surrounds and extra chrome strips. Also wind deflectors, extra gauges (oil pressure, water temperature, ammeter, clock), fog and spot lamps, wooden door trims, heater and period positive earth radio. The Series IIIA has a 1494cc four-cylinder OHV high-compression engine which, combined with a four-speed gear box, results in surprisingly spritely performance and it will top out at about 70mph.

It appears that this car has never been restored, just superbly maintained and the list of work below is all the repairs that we have carried out to the car in the last 22 years. As experienced classic car collectors, we maintain all our vehicles ourselves and all are regularly serviced. In 2016 there was an issue with a sticking valve, so we had the head machined, complete with new valve guides and new inlet and exhaust valves were fitted. At the time we took the opportunity to fully detail the engine and the engine bay. Parts of the original paintwork have been resprayed before our ownership, but all paint is in fantastic condition (note flaws on front right wing in photograph) and all doors, boot and bonnet close perfectly and show original door gaps. The doors literally close with one finger pressure. The chrome work is excellent overall, however, the rear bumper would benefit from re-chrome if it was felt appropriate. The interior of the car is a literal time warp; not only is there no sign of wear on the upholstery, there are no marks, rips or tears whatsoever. The steering wheel rim shows a little wear. All windows go up and down exactly as they should and the quarter lights work perfectly. All door and boot locks are in full working order. In the boot is the original rubber boot mats complete with original wheel changing tools, ie wheel brace and jack. The original owner appears to have specified the addition of a hand pump as part of the original tool kit and this is attached neatly the back of the rear seat (visible in photos of the boot).

The car drives beautifully. The steering is accurate and precise on its radial tyres. The gear box works precisely as it should and the brakes are surprisingly powerful and well able to cope. The engine fires up without hesitation and shows no smoke and no extraneous noises of any sort. As already said, it’s a surprisingly spritely classic car that has no difficulty in keeping up with modern traffic and it is a sheer joy to drive. Obviously the car is now MOT exempt and it was last MOT’d on 1 October 2018 at 73, 470 miles in a DVA test centre.

We have documentation relating to the car since our purchase in 1999 along with the original handbook and we are long-standing Hillman Club members. We cannot think of any parts that are likely to be required, but it is worth stating that we have never had an issue in obtaining spares for our Minx. They appear to be very readily available and remarkably inexpensive.

If you are looking for a classic car to use and enjoy without worrying about reliability or condition, then we are confident in our Hillman Minx.

This is a truly exceptional vehicle and a real headturner.

List of work completed:

Stainless steel exhaust

New front coil springs

Halogen headlights

Re-cored radiator

New thermostat

New hoses

New coil, distributor cap, rotor, and braided HT leads

New boot seal

Full brake overhaul – copper nickel pipes, hoses, shoes, cylinders with DOT5 fluid

New seals and DOT5 fluid on clutch

New tyres

Carburettor rebuilt

Starter motor rebuilt

New solenoid

New chrome hubcaps

New heavy-duty battery

Petrol tank renovated by Fuel Tank Renu Ireland

Cylinder head valve guides replaced with new valves

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