By the early 1960s Rootes were finding themselves increasingly in deeper financial trouble. There had been teething problems with the Imp, the two medium car ranges (Minx and Super Minx families) were proving to be a drain on resources and industrial relations problems were bringing production to a standstill. Rootes found themselves with no option than to seek a merger with another company. Talks with Leyland came to nothing. In 1964, a deal was made with Chrysler. Chrysler bought 30% of the voting shares and 50% of the non-voting shares in the company.
Hillman Husky Series III replaced the Series II in the summer of 1963. Innovations include a lower bonnet line, a modified radiator grille incorporating sidelamp units, redesigned facia with full-width parcel shelf and a number of technical improvements.
Hillman Minx Series V Saloon De Luxe. Major changes made to this latest version of the Minx (replacement for the III C range) include a modified roof line, larger windscreen with a squarer surround, radiator grille of five horizontal bar design with central badge, modified rear lamp units, individual front seats and a redesigned facia. Automatic transmission is optionally available.
Hillman Super Minx s.III of 1964 gets all synchro box, squared off roof with six light arrangement, and veneered dash.