1962 Hillman Super Minx 787 FXM 1


Stylish and reliable


It was a great runner. The disc brakes at the front always seemed to wear out very quickly.

Also prone to rust, in my case particularly the front drivers door.

General Comments:

My first car, Pale blue body with a white roof. Synchromesh gearbox (apart from first) 5 Bearing crankshaft.

It was comfortable, not fast, but classy looking for the time.

It had a proper heater and good styling in the interior.

One particular thing I liked which would still work today and that is a main beam/Dipped headlight switch in the footwell.

All my mates were driving crummy Ford populars or riding Scooters. I worked for a bank and I had a better car than the manager.

Also it had a starting handle. Oh how I wished for that on some of my later cars!

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

Review Date: 27th March, 2005

1965 Hillman Super Minx 1600 1.6 CC


British born and bred and fun to own!


Nothing really, except I didn't look after it and the radial tires were worn through to the canvas, I left it parked in the road and was forced to scrap it because the tax was out of date, the battery dead and I couldn't afford to get it back on the road! The Police were on to it, so I had no choice.

General Comments:

I bought this car for £25 and drove it for a year until the tires were shot and the tax ran out!

I drove it around for a year or so and spent next to nothing on it, the bits I needed were easily obtainable from breakers yards, such as light bulbs etc.

It had a little rust and was thirsty on the juice, but it did about 60-70 MPH in reasonable comfort.

I was 19 when I got the car and the bench seat was cool, my girlfriend (s) could snuggle right up and steer the car while I lit a cigarette etc.

It had a good few dials and I managed to get an artificial horizon gauge from a scrapped military jet, which moved quite a bit when this heavy old car lumbered around corners, it was a scream.

The fake leather seats could be slippery and bouncy, they were horsehair and springs I think, it was too easy to slide across the bench seat when turning right too sharply, but that was all the more fun.

Where I lived at the time, near Malmsebury, there was a country road with a bridge over it, with a deep inverted hump under it, if I could get the car up to 60 MPH, it would leap over the hump and everyone in the car would fly off the seats, a real thrill.

The back seats meant I could travel around and two people could sleep in comfort in the car, great for those wet nights when camping out at the Cotswolds windsurfing lake.

Don't ask about performance and cornering, this car was bad in every way, it was however a car with real character, solid, heavy and fun!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th March, 2004

18th Dec 2009, 04:27

What a good real world review - viewed with nostalgia when buying a cheap banger meant a wonderful old '60s barge.

2nd Jan 2011, 15:44

Hillman = super auto, super auto!

1962 Hillman Super Minx 1.6 litre


Solid, reliable, roomy


Nothing went wrong with the car. I didn't own it very long, but it was totally reliable.

General Comments:

My mother thought it was too big, it looked a little like a small Vauxhall Cresta, which itself was a Chevy Bel-Air knock-off.

It went pretty well, I saw over 90mph several times.

First car I ever had with a bench front seat, all my friends could cram in.

If I hadn't moved abroad, I would have kept the car several years.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st July, 2003