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Thursday 4 July 2019

1963 HILLMAN MINX CONVERTIBLE - BRIGHTWELLS AUCTIONS Leominster Classic Motoring Auction Centre Wednesday 10th July 2019

Leominster Classic Motoring
Auction Centre
Wednesday 10th July 2019

Free Viewing, 9.00am - 7.00pm on Tuesday 9th July 2019 
and on the day of the sale.

Lot No. 161
Registration Date 1963
Make & Model Hillman Minx Convertible
Colour Red
Registration Number
Chassis No. B1218462HHC0
Engine size 1,598 cc
Engine No. 1218462HHC0B
Documents V5c; 21 old MOTs; Restoration file; photogrpahic restoration file
Estimate £10,000 - £14,000

If only all Hillman Minx’s had looked as good as this, the company would still be with us, instead of just another footnote in Britain’s automotive history.
Even our chronically curmudgeonly consignor was impressed by this 1963 Minx Convertible. The car was restored between 2002 and 2004 but the quality of the work shows through and the car still looks stunning 15 years on.
The car was restored for the president of a regional classic car club as a present for his wife and we can only hope the dear lady was suitably appreciative. Judging by the condition of the car today we feel sure she was.
A photographic record of the restoration accompanies the Minx and shows that it received some fairly major surgery as well as an obsessive approach to the paintwork. There are 21 old MOTs and the car seems to have been generally cherished over the years.
The history file shows that it received a stainless steel exhaust system in 1980 at a cost of £154 and there are other invoices dating back to the 1970s. It would seem that the car has always been a little special, but then how many Minx convertibles did they make (two at least – we have another one for sale in this auction. Just like buses…..).
The rest of the car lives up to the paintwork, with the interior an absolute rhapsody in red and you might even begin to believe the mileage on the speedo (12,791 miles) – not that mileage matters when a car has had this kind of attention.
Not concours, but still in cracking order, this Minx looks almost too good to take out, but then the whole point is to drive ‘em not just dust ‘em.


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