An archive of lost photos, old colour slides and pictures found in vintage cameras
Interesting that you have photos of two different white Hillman Imps. They weren’t that common, on account of not being very good (I know – this was my first car). They overheated easily because the radiator was in the boot and had poor airflow to it, plus the engine heat build-up tended to warp the cylinder head and carburetor. They were difficult to de-mist in the winter, because the engine heat was all at the opposite end to the front windscreen. They also had very poor grip at the front (no weight), and in the wet they tended continue in a straight line when the steering wheel was turned. Haha … I totally loved mine! It taught me loads about basic mechanics, because I had to do roadside repairs constantly. I might have even pushed it further than I drove it.
Do you know John I scanned the two new pictures of the Hillman, which came from the same box as the original two, and didn’t even look at the number plate. I just assumed they were the same car – well spotted for seeing that they aren’t. Perhaps the owner changed their car every year and these are the 1967 and 1968 pictures of their car?
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