Wrong car at the wrong time
Twin carbs would not stay in tune.
Burnt exhaust valve caused low compression.
Minor electrical problems.
Paint tended to chip easily.
This was my boy racer model for the up and coming executive - GT Sports model, Automatic, etc.
Unfortunately I bought it just before the 1970's oil crisis. Fuel prices went up and up, the car drank fuel at 22mpg when it was in tune, which was not often, it needed more attention than the local Hillman dealer was capable of giving it.
The car performed OK and the 3 speed auto box worked well. Reliability was not as good as you would expect today, but no worse than the other mass produced cars of the 70's.
I was happy to get rid of it after 3 years and to trade down to something a lot more economical. No-one wanted a thirsty car then.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 29th January, 2003