1963 Hillman Super Minx 1.6


Good reliable car, underrated


This was a very reliable family car. Main problems were the cooling system, namely the radiator used to get blocked & had to be replaced, plus the water pump had to be replaced.

Some rust appeared in the bonnet and the bottom of the driver's door.

General Comments:

This was a reliable family car with only modest performance, but could cruise all day at 60mph on the highway provided there were not too many hills. It began as my parents' car, then my first car which I unfortunately wrote off after driving it for 2 years.

I remember the disc brakes were quite good for a car of this vintage. Fuel economy was good at 30 MPG. You could do a lot of maintenance on the car yourself; they were mechanically fairly simple. This car was fairly comfortable with front bucket seats; I remember you sat fairly high in the back seat. The car was softly sprung and felt heavy in corners, but at least it did have anti sway bars at the front.

It could be an annoying car to buy spare parts for; there were often minor changes from year to year, and this could cause problems. I remember Dad buying a replacement exhaust pipe, and it was not quite right as he was given a 1962 model exhaust rather than a 64, and they were very similar.

This car was far superior to my next car, a 1972 1.1 litre Ford Escort.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 24th March, 2016

1960 Hillman Super Minx Series III 1.5 petrol


An absolute dud


Most things went wrong with the car. The head cracked.

The positive earth electrics were a nightmare.

The car would not start on a regular basis.

Seats were so bouncy and the ride so hard that we would often hit the roof going over a bump.

The car had a crank handle which could be used - but could break your arm if not carefully used.

At one stage the car was running on 3 cylinders for 2 months before I noticed.

Tyres were so skinny that the car would slide out at little notice.

General Comments:

This car looked ugly and was ugly.

Its only positive point was that it was cheap ($350).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 28th July, 2003

29th Feb 2004, 06:09

If it was so bad why did you keep it for 11 years and 120,000 miles?

10th Mar 2004, 17:40

I agree with the other comment and what do expect from an old car?

I had one and loved it, but being young and stupid I had to scrap it because I didn't look after it.

Read my review for fond memories of this car!

16th Feb 2005, 23:54

I've owned a 1964 Super Minx for the last 2 years, and I wouldn't swap it for quids! Sure it has a few things go wrong now and again, but it is 40 years old. One must look at the bright side, unlike all modern cars, my Super Minx is not made from recycled Coke cans and plastic!!!

6th Apr 2005, 15:54

I have a 1963 super minx and love it! a wonderful looking car!! that wrap around rear screen is just fab!took it to France last year, and the French just loved it, however, on missing our boat back to the UK, we had to sleep in it, not so comfortable!!

Chris salter.

8th Oct 2006, 20:00

It's a 40 years old car; it represents the age of non-computer design, non-automatized plants and an era of challenges for auto industry.

My advice when you drive any vintage car is: feel it as our ancestors did; try to transport your mind to the epoch and enjoy having the oportunity to own such a jewel; should you feel more secure an confortable then buy a new car.

Best regards.

Guillermo Pinzon, Bogota, Colombia

Auto-collector and minx break 1961 proud owner.

Octuber 09 2006.