Hillman Minx De Luxe Saloon, Convertible and Californian Hard-top models continue as Mark VIII with a number of modifications including a new 1390-cc 47-bhp overhead-valve engine, restyled radiator grille, sidelamp plinths and flashing trafficators, smaller wheels (15 in v. 16 in) and improvements to the suspension. The Special Saloon and the Estate Car retain the 1265-cc side-valve engine (until October). All models have 7 ft 9 in wheelbase. Of the Estate Car there is a Commer 8-cwt van variant.
Hillman Husky first appeared in late 1954, for the 1955 model year, as a compact handy little estate car powered by the Minx 1265-cc side-valve engine and fitted with many of its mechanical parts, although it have shorter wheelbase (7 ft) and body. The Husky feature individual front seats, fold-down rear bench seat and a single side-hinged rear door. The radiator grille is similar to that of the Minx Mark VIII.