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Hillman Minx from 1932 to 1948
Hillman's most famous model, first launched in the 1932 with an 1185cc sidevalve engine. Hillman was now under Rootes control and it was the new owners who determined that Hillman should explore the cheaper areas of the market. The gearbox gained a 4th speed in 1934 and the bodywork a modest restyle. In 1933 the Hillman Aero Minx was announced with a tuned engine, better carburettor, better gearchange and a different axle ratio. They sat lower on a shorter chassis, and the standard bodywork was a small fastback saloon, but many were sold as a chassis only for coachbuilders to clothe until 1935. The Minx Magnificent was anounced in 1936, mechanically as before but now clothed in a much more rounded body. For 1938 a restyle was given, most notably to include an opening boot, and in 1939 this body was used to house new mechanics for the 1939 Minx. However, whilst retaining the same looks, this 1939 Minx had a unitary construction body. Production of a pickup Utility ('Tilly'), plus a few staff cars, was carried on during WW2. When production restarted after the War the Minx, now called 'Minx Phase I', was essentially the same car, that is until 1947 when it was restyled to become the Phase II. In 1948 a new '3-box body' was given to the Minx styled by the Raymond Loewy Studios and this was known as the Hillman Minx Mark III.
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Hillman Minx MkII 1934 - bumper badge
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Hillman Minx Phase I - boot badge
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Hillman Minx - grille
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Hillman Minx Mark I - grille
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Hillman Aero Minx - Grille 1935
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Hillman Minx MkII 1934. The slightly v-shaped grille identifies the MkII Minx of 1934
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Hillman Minx Phase I DHC. In spite of the unitary construction bodywork just given to the Minx prior to the start of the War, in the 1940s the Minx continued with the same 1930s mechanics in the form of an 1185cc side valve engine.
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Hillman Aero Minx. The grille shows this car to be the final 1935 Aero Minx. Although outshone by the Singer Nine and the MG Midgets, the Aero Minx was a good package.
Hillman Minx  1932 front
Hillman Minx. at the 1931 Motor Show Hillman launched a new model with an 1185cc 30bhp sidevalve engine which was called the Hillman Minx. This is a 1933 version a 'Club Sun' Saloon body.
Hillman Minx 1932 Club Saloon rear
Hillman Minx 1933 Club Saloon. Although far from exciting, the new little Minx was dependable and reliable and roomy enough for 4 or 5 people.
Hillman Minx 1933 front
Hillman Minx 1933. This MkI Minx carries a standard steel 6-light saloon body. A smilar body can also be found on the Rover 10 and 12 of 1933 because the Wilks brothers had left Hillman for Rover in 1930.
Hillman Minx 1934 front
Hillman Minx MkII 1934. The Minx was first launched in 1932, the MkII introduced in 1934 was given a V-shaped grille and 4-speed gearbox.
Hillman Minx 1934 rear
Hillman Minx MkII 1934. Both 4-light and 6-light bodies were available for the MkII Minx, as well as open tourers and sports.
Hillman Minx Phase I DHC front
Hillman Minx Phase I DHC. Hillman reintroduced the drophead coupe after the War, possibly to attract export sales, although in fact few were sold.
Hillman Minx Phase I front
Hillman Minx Mark I. Launched in 1945 the Mark I Minx looked very similar to the pre-war Hillman Ten, but the Minx now had unitary construction.
Hillman Minx Phase I rear
Hillman Minx Phase I. The 'pointed' grille shows this Minx to be the late 1939 Minx, and the 'bump' boot confirms this, as earlier Minxes had no bootlid.
Hillman Minx Phase II front
Hillman Minx Mark II. Restyled for 1947/8, the Phase II Minx was a stop gap until Raymond Loewy's new body Phase III in 1948/9
Hillman Minx Phase II rear
Hillman Minx Mark II. The Hillman Mink was available as a four door saloon, estate, and this delightful convertible.
Hillman MinxAero front
Hillman Aero Minx. Produced from 1933-35, the Aero Minx was sold with an 1185cc L-Head engine later used in the Talbot Ten. Intended as a Sports car, cars were sold with other body styles as well
Hillman MinxAero rear
Hillman Aero Minx. This is the Sports Tourer body, one of 5 bodystyles offered by Hillman, bout other coachbuilt bodies were also available.
Hillman Utility Truck front
Hillman 10hp Light Utility Truck - often called a 'Tilly' was based on the Hillman Minx. Such vehicles were produced for the British Armed forces during WWII
Hillman Utility Truck rear
Hillman 10hp Light Utility Truck. This 'Tilly' was based on the Hillman 10hp ('Minx') car.
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Hillman Aero Minx. Only the Sports Tourer body had the dual cowl dashboard and folding windscreen. Other bodies had rectangular screens
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Hillman Minx 1933 Club Saloon. The first Hillman Minx introduced at the 1931 London Motor Show did not offer anything radically new for the 10hp market, but it still gave Hillman the sales they needed.
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Hillman Minx MkII 1934. Side profile of the 6-light saloon body. A 4-light Club Sun body was also offered.
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