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Hillman Imp Mk I


Produced: 1963-1965
Types: Saloon,2 doors,4 seats
Hillman Imp Saloon (1973)

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.

Power for these small saloons 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. Despite some early teething problems the Imp range remained in production until 1976. 

Buyers Guide Hillman Imp featured in Practical Classics Spring 2005 – available from our sister site Bookbase. Click here to view.

Source: Motorbase


875ccS4 OHCHillman Imp engine68mm x 60.375mm10

Fuel System

Solex1(30 Piht carb)

Drivetrain and Suspension

DrivetrainSteeringFront SuspensionRear Suspension


Top Speed0-60SQMMPGEngine PwrComment
80 mph25.4 s0 s45 mpg42 bhp 5000




WheelbaseFront TrackRear TrackLengthWidthWeight (CWT)Turning Circle
6' 10"4' 1"3' 11"11' 7"5' 0" 0 (13)30' 0"

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