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Hillman Imp Californian


Produced: 1968-1970, 440032 produced. ((all Imp models))
Types: Coupe,2 doors,4 seats
Hillman Imp Californian

The Rootes group launched its answer to the BMC Mini in 1963, the rear engined Hillman Imp. The Imp was quickly "badge engineered" into Singer and Sunbeam derivatives including some pretty "fastback" models. The standard car used a two door bodyshell with a novel opening rear window/hatch, all Imp's were built in a brand new factory built in Glasgow with government grants.

The Hillman badged coupe model was known as the Imp Californian, Hillman once again resurrecting a model name from its past. Power for these small fastback coupes came from a an all-alloy engine developed from a Coventry-Climax unit. Despite only having 875cc the Imp engine provided plenty of power and was matched to an equally good gearbox.

Source: Motorbase


875ccS4 OHCHillman Imp engine68mm x 60.375mm10

Drivetrain and Suspension

DrivetrainSteeringFront SuspensionRear Suspension


Top Speed0-60SQMMPGEngine PwrComment
81 mph22.1 s0 s35 mpg0 bhp 0


WheelbaseFront TrackRear TrackLengthWidthWeight (CWT)Turning Circle
6' 10"4' 1"11' 9"5' 0" 0 (14)0' 0"

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