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    And The Car in Front is a.............

    ................Hillman Imp!!!! Came round a roundabout yesterday and there it was in front. Pride of Linwood from 1963 to 1976. Never seen one of these for years and can hardly believe that at least one is still going strong. Back bumper off, if I remember rightly three bolts and the engine was rolled out on a jack. Could change a clutch in a couple of hours.

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    there was an estate one at a classic car show over the weekend,
    first one I have seen in years, I see a saloon imp most weeks locally.

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    I had one once as a tearaway, front camber kitted,..... 8 track in the dash!!
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    Ah! The poor man's Porsche.

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    Quote Originally Posted by finnbear270 View Post
    I had one once as a tearaway, front camber kitted,..... 8 track in the dash!!
    I can't imagine you managed much tearing away in an Imp. Gently moving off to a final top speed of 45mph, more like! My uncle had one and it did 0 - 60 over the space of relaxed afternoon. A mate of mine has one and uses it for commuting to and from work. He's frequently late.

    8 track eh? Best thing since the 78.
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    Had the Imp van (unsure if it went under a different name) back in the mid-70's and loved it. Seem to remember taking the bark off my knuckles when trying to change the driveshaft rubber doughnuts.

    Was the choke situated between the front seats? A lever?

    George

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iwrch View Post
    I can't imagine you managed much tearing away in an Imp. Gently moving off to a final top speed of 45mph, more like! My uncle had one and it did 0 - 60 over the space of relaxed afternoon. A mate of mine has one and uses it for commuting to and from work. He's frequently late.

    8 track eh? Best thing since the 78.
    Well, there's Hillman Imps and there's Hillman Imps.

    You'd need to shoehorn a Cossie engine into yer mini to catch this one...



    And, believe it or not, these little beasts were, in the right hands, a match even for a Group1 RS2000.


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    Picked up my car from being serviced at my mates in Maltby, he showed me his recently fully restored Triumph VTS6!!

    Cracking looking bit of kit and rare as rocking horse poo I'm told?!

    I'm a 1963 Ferrarri GTO man myself, saw one go through an auction 2 years ago at 1.2mill!

    T

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tamus View Post
    Well, there's Hillman Imps and there's Hillman Imps.

    You'd need to shoehorn a Cossie engine into yer mini to catch this one...



    And, believe it or not, these little beasts were, in the right hands, a match even for a Group1 RS2000.

    hey tamus thanks for that that number 108 was the car i copied to take mine to lemans in. it ran a talbot sunbeam motor with hand made exhaust in stainless with rs flatslide carbs hi comp pistons and a rad in the front as this was the only reall weak point on an imp. i wish i still had it i sold it in pristine condition around 4 years ago and got 3500 for it i will have to dig out some pictures it took me two years to complete,atb wayne

    just to add it was a real famous car in its day called the beven imp,atb wayne
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    My mate had a trials car with a Hillman Imp engine in... the engines were and probably still are popular for this as they could be tuned for low end torque but could rev high when needed.

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