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.
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