Hillman Minx Series IIIC replaced the Series IIIB during the summer of 1961. Changes include a larger engine '1600' motifs, rounded bumpers and single side mouldings (saloon only). Saloon de luxe, convertible and estate versions are available the letter two being dropped in favour of Super Minx.
Hillman Super Minx Saloon was added to the range in October 1961. This new model has a larger body than the Minx featuring a full width radiator grille flanked by single headlamps and hooded wrap-around front and rear screens and small tail fins. Engine power is from the Rootes 1592-cc unit. Estate and convertible versions were also introduced during the year. Optional Easidrive auto. Series II of 1962 gets front discs, separate front seats, and Borg Warner auto in place of Easidrive.
HILLMAN MINX IIIC
£702.5.3 incl. PT.
PRICED about £80 below the Super Minx, the normal saloon continues to meet a steady demand for a good-looking, robust and lively family car with no pretensions to more than four-seater rating. Following the increase in engine capacity from 1.5 to 1.6-litres that took effect in July of 1961, the Series IIIC car shows no change for '63. The convertible and estate car versions of the IIIC Minx have been discontinued, leaving the popular saloon in "sole possession". A floor-levered four-speed gearbox with synchromesh on all but the lowest ratio is normally fitted, but this can be complemented by overdrive or replaced by Easidrive automatic transmission at extra cost. Gears in the manual box have the close spacing that appeals to the sporting driver. Minx interiors have a light and airy character. Beneath the dash, which has its instruments centrally located, a personal-effects shelf spans the full width of the body. An average performer for its engine size, the Minx will top 8o m.p.h. and accelerate from 50 to 70 m.p.h. in top in about 22 seconds.
HILLMAN SUPER MINX
Saloon £805.7.9 incl. PT.
Convertible £960.15.3 incl. PT.
Estate £887.17.9 incl. PT.
EXCEPT in so far as there are three versions of this car - saloon, convertible, and estate car - compared with two in the Singer Vogue bracket (saloon and estate car only), these branches of the Rootes family correspond closely. Expectedly, therefore, the changes listed under our Vogue heading on page 34 mostly apply to the Super Minx Mk. II as well. Thus, torque goes up as a result of revisions in the carburation and camshaft departments, and, except when the newly introduced Borg-Warner automatic transmission is fitted, a higher axle ratio is used, making for quieter and more restful cruising at above-sixty speeds. For the rest, a divided-bench front seat, allowing individual adjustment of the two halves, is now standardised, and seating comfort in general improved. Disc brakes oust drums at the front. Chassis greasing points go overboard entirely. A shift in petrol tank position (into the left-side rear wing) gives more boot space. Cars supplied with the optional automatic transmission (it's an extra, of course) now have the Borg-Warner system. New detail features are dual reversing lamps and amber-orbed turn indicators in front, plus head-lamp flashers. Additional amenities are two-speed wipers and the same variability for the heater fan. Like the Singer Vogue, the Super Minx is a roomy and well-appointed car, and comes complete with twin sun visors, built-in safety harness attachments, child-proof catches to all doors, etc., etc.
HILLMAN HUSKY £654.2.9 incl. PT.
THIS compact and sturdy work horse, made to measure for carrying sportsmen's tackle and the sort of cargo with which country folk habitually lumber themselves, stays as it was for 1963. Shorter, both in wheelbase and overall length, than typical estate cars of comparable engine size, it's accordingly easier to manoeuvre in tight spaces. Unlike Rootes' own estate-car models, the Husky has two passenger doors only, plus a large tail gate for access to the goods-carrying compartment aft of the rear seats. Platform area with the back seats unoccupied and folded is 48J in. long by 541 in. wide. Less powerful than the 1.6-litre engine standardised in the other 4-cylinder Rootes cars, the Husky's 1.4-litre power unit is also, of course, lighter on petrol.