1969 Hillman Hunter Royal leaded fuel from Australia and New Zealand


An affordable classic, and original and funky little beast. THE MIGHTY HUNTER


Lots of things have gone wrong with my car.

I have had a new radiator.

I blew the head gasket, as a result of the thermostat becoming stuck.

The seats came un-welded, and had to be re-fixed.

The car was stolen and recovered, and additionally broken into twice.

I have had the dashboard replaced, as it was cracking.

The window winder replaced, as a friend broke it off.

The plastic escutcheons around the interior door handles constantly fall off.

The paint is now starting to peel off and needs to be re-sprayed.

The master cylinder had to be re-conditioned.

I have had new brake drums fitted.

General Comments:

I love this car. Despite all the above which has gone wrong, this is my first car and it has been great. Everyone loves my car because it is original, and a classic.

I have had a CD fitted with rear speakers and plan soon to have the paint work re-done.

I also would like to replace the carpet inside. I have gone back to original style of the car by fitting white wall tyres.

For a first car which only cost $500, and is valued at about $4000 now, I would recommend it to anyone who needs a cheap car, or is interesting in restoring a car.

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

Review Date: 30th September, 2002

10th Aug 2006, 22:52

My grandmother had a 1969 Hillman Hunter, I drove it a few times between Melbourne and Bacchus Marsh about 1992, it was OK. The best part was the sticker on the rear window that said "The Mighty Hunter: Your Passport to Adventure". You see a lot on TV in Iran, they either do still make them or did until recently.

1974 Hillman Hunter Super 1.8 petrol from Australia and New Zealand


Worth the money


Flat Battery.

Temperamental start on cold mornings.

Seats have started to wear badly.

Cabin light broken.

General Comments:

This car sounds really good and is really grunty.

It handles well and is very comfortable.

The only bad comment is the cabin light is broken and possibly unable to be fixed.

Spacious car and good for it's age.

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

Review Date: 18th September, 2002

1969 Hillman Hunter HC 1.7 litre from Australia and New Zealand


A good car for a first timer


Well, for starters the sub frame behind the passenger wheel had been cracked so it creaked when you turned the wheel. Then it started to overheat and it still does, and you can't unlock the doors with the key.

General Comments:

It has a nice sounding exhaust on it and it is the most comfortable car I've been in for ages.

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

Review Date: 2nd November, 2001

1972 Hillman Hunter GL 1.7 from Australia and New Zealand


A car for the ladies to look at in the year 2001


My head gasket was leaking.

Water from the radiator was going into the engine.

My car was running really rich.

A lot of soot and condensation was coming out of the exhaust.

General Comments:

The car is really tidy, apart from these small problems which could have been avoided had it been taken care of better.

The engine was rebuilt and when I bought it, it had only done 3000 miles in the short time I have had it (4 months). I have got it up to 6000 driving from Auckland to Taumarunui.

A really nice car.

I have a CD stacker in it with 2 6x9's in the back and 2 6" in the front.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th October, 2001

24th Dec 2005, 10:22

That's a load of tosh both the Cortina and the Hunter were built up to the standards of the time - Hence they are both very rare today like most other cars of the time!

If you find one of either that was undersealed from new, then an example of either vehicle tends to have survived OK to the present day! I know as I've owned examples of both!

27th Feb 2006, 19:57

Do any of you people know were I can find parts in NZ for a 1973 hillman hunter GL do you.

14th Apr 2006, 07:13

Two quick questions.

Where can I find parts for a Hillman Hunter in N.S.W?

And where can you buy preformance parts such as suspension and engine components?

27th Aug 2007, 02:22

I have a 1975 Hillman Hunter GL and I am in need of an engine in reasonable condition. I am in the Waikato of New Zealand. Help!!!

24th Mar 2008, 01:25

I am looking for a bigger engine to fit a Hillman Hunter.

10th Dec 2008, 15:15

Great cars, my father owned a 1972 Hillman Hunter Sunbeam which had great accessories and nice sounding engine 1725cc (powerful). My only problem was the front end which had problems with rough surfaces.

Driving it or being driven in it was always a treat.

Pity a total factory reconditioned unit isn't available today.