Hillman Hunter

Produced: 1966-1979
Types: Saloon,4 doors,4 seats
Estate,4 doors,4 seats

By the mid Sixties the Rootes group had firmly established its trend towards "Badge Engineering" new families of one basic design. In 1966 it announced its new Hillman Hunter/Singer Gazelle and Vogue range, again all sharing the same basic bodyshell and layout. These new "Arrow" models came with a choice of either 1496cc or 1725cc four cylinder engines, the 1725cc version even had a top speed of over 90mph!

The Hillman Minx formed the lower end of the new range with its base trim and 54bhp engine, next up was the plusher Hillman Hunter. Both Hillman models were available with a choice of either saloon or estate bodies. Mechanical specification consisted of a conventional rear wheel drive layout with MacPherson front suspension and front disc brakes.

1725ccS4 OHVHillman S4 OHV81.5mm x 82.55mm9.2
Top Speed0-60SQMMPGEngine PwrComment
90 mph15.1 s26 mpg74 bhp 5000
Auction Sales History
Description Auctioneer Date Hammer Price Hammer Price
(inc premium)
Unknown Hillman HUNTER AUTOMATIC Anglia Car Auctions 22 Jan 2011 £1000.00 -
112 1976 Hillman Hunter Super Saloon Coys 27 Aug 2006 £823.00 -
049 1968 HILLMAN HUNTER WORKS PREPARED RALLY CAR H&H Sales Limited 26 Jul 2006 £25500.00 -
Unknown Hillman Hunter (1972) RTS Auctions Ltd 17 Mar 2002 Not sold
212 Hillman Hunter De Luxe (1975) RTS Auctions Ltd 6 Jan 2002 Not sold
214 Hillman Hunter (1973) RTS Auctions Ltd 11 Jan 1998 £350.00 -
064 Hillman Hunter (1972) BCA 2 Jun 1997 Not sold
202 Hillman Hunter GL (1974) RTS Auctions Ltd 16 Feb 1997 £205.00 -
Magazine Articles
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Article Side by Side - Automotive Family Fare
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Publication Practical Classics January 2001
Side by Side - Automotive Family Fare - 1946 Morris Eight Series E, 1954 Ford Popular 103E, 1966 Austin Cambridge A60, 1973 Hillman Hunter, 1980 Vauxhall Cavalier.
Article Buyers Guide - Hillman Hunter
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Publication Practical Classics September 1998
Buyers Guide - Hillman Hunter - Malcolm McKay learns the pros and cons of buying Rootes' Arrow-series car.
Article The secret history of the..Hillman Hunter
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Publication Classic Car Mart June 2010
The secret history of the..Hillman Hunter - Underrated by many throughout its life, it's all too easy to overlook the humble Hillman Hunter's many successes, insists Paul Guinness.
Article Buying Power - Hillman/Chrysler Hunter Family
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Publication Classic Car Weekly 21 June 2007
Buying Power - Hillman/Chrysler Hunter Family - In looks, the bold and blocky Hillman Hunter, and its various offshots, was a radical departure from what had come before from the Rootes Group.  However, as hillman and its associated marques faded under Chrysler ownership, so the Hunter became a forgotten vehicle.  RICHARD GUNN remembers it.....and wonders about buying one with expert help from Andrew McAdam of Macs Factors.
Article Meet the Family - Group Test - Viva, Hunter & Cortina
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Publication Classics Monthly May 2005
Meet the Family - Group Test - Viva, Hunter & Cortina - Three family cars, from the world’s three biggest car makers, and all distinctively British.  Mike Renaut takes a drive in the suburbs.
Article London to Sydney Hunter
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Publication Classic Car Mart March 2005
London to Sydney Hunter - The Hillman Hunter.  A staid family saloon.  Or not?  Dave Bowers discovers the competition heritage behind a rally replica.
Article Starter Classic - Hillman Hunter
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Publication Classic & Sports Car December 2004
Starter Classic - Hillman Hunter - The car once voted best taxi ever makes a great first classic - if it’s not rotten, explains Malcolm McKay.
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