1972 Hillman Imp 875 cc gas from UK and Ireland
Fun little runabout
I replaced the radiator and crown gear soon after getting the car for cheap transport to university (£90!) and ran it for a year. At that point the drive-shaft sheared, taking out the brake line. This meant that there were no brakes and no gears to slow the car down -- resulting in a wild ride down a hill late at night in the center of Brighton! Yeah, the parking brake probably would have worked, but I didn't think of that at the time -- just held on and prayed. I still miss that car...
This was probably the most fun car to drive I ever had. Dirt cheap to run (petrol costs of £5 a week unless I went on a trip) and it would keep up with the big boys on the motorway. Totally unpretentious.
For a small car, I found it comfortable even with my height of 6'2". The opening rear window was a plus and the engine in the rear meant it had good traction in snow.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 23rd April, 2003