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HILLMAN IMP

2-door 4-seater saloon/ coupé/estate.

Living on in spite of total neglect by owners Chrysler UK, the Imp range was not improved during our period. Linwood (Scotland) built, with all-alloy overhead-cam engine and transaxle in tail, Imps had splendid handling and versatile accommodation, but lacked the Mini's image. Husky estate had high roof, and coupé was called the Californian. Best of the bunch were Sunbeams (reviewed later) with more power, but these Imps struggled to 80mph. They rust badly and were unreliable (cooling system particularly) when current. Unloved today in Hillman guise.

Technical Specifications

Engine:
874cc (S4 OC) 
Configuration:
Rear engine, rear-wheel drive 
Production dates:
1963 to 1976  
Number produced:
440,032 all types