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Rootes 'Audax' Models 1955 - 1966
The new 'Audax' model for Rootes had its debut at Earls Court 1955 in the form of the 2-door hardtop Sunbeam Rapier. Although it had a monocoque bodyshell by Pressed Steel, convertibles were finished off by Thrupp and Maperley. The name 'Audax' was given to the project during development standing for 'Bold' and is now given to the range. Designed by Clare Hodgeman and Bob Holden Koto at Raymond Loewy Studios with clear reference to Studebaker designs they had worked on. Hillman's Minx version was launched with 1390cc engine in May 1956, and in September 1956 it was joined by the Singer Gazelle with carried Singer's own 1496 ohc engine until the Series IIA in 1958. All engines were upgraded to 1494cc during 1958. One of the biggest styling changes was given to the Series IIIA Gazelle, Minx and Rapier which gained larger front screen and rear wings in 1959. In 1961 engines were upgraded to 1592cc, but the 'Audax' cars were now demoted to sell underneath the near Super Minx. Extensive restyling was given to the Series V cars in 1963 by which time estate cars and convertibles had been culled. In 1965 the engine was uprated to 1725cc and the Audax soldiered on to be replaced by the new Hillman Hunter models in 1966.
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Hillman Husky Series II - badge
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Commer Cob Series III Van - bonnet badge
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Hillman Minx Series IIIC. The Series IIIC Hillman Minx still had a 'Minx' badge on the bootlid, but no longer on the doors.
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Singer Gazelle III - boot badge
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Sunbeam Rapier Series IIIA Convertible
Hillman Husky
Hillman Minx Series I to VI 1956-67
Singer Gazelle
Sunbeam Rapier
Commer Cob
key text:  This is the page introducing Simons love of cars from the website  RedSimon which is a series of photo albums of Simon GP Geoghegan.
The names of Pinin, Farina, and Pininfarina are also considered
There are also notes on Pininfarina
as well as the car maker
and links tothat car maker
see also my Picasa car albums
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