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Hillman Minx MarkⅥ Model PH10

Commentary

After the end of WWII, Japanese automakers began to form a partnership with their counterparts in the West in order to raise the performance of domestically produced passenger vehicles and to put a mass production system in place.

Isuzu Motors concluded a technical assistance agreement with Rootes Motors Limited, U.K. in February 1953 and began knock-down production of the Hillman Minx at the Oomori Plant.
The first cargo of knock-down parts and components arrived in September and the first car rolled off the assembly line in October 1953.

The Hillman Minx enjoyed a high reputation for its air of British luxury and production exceeded 1,000 units as early as in July the following year. As more technologies were transferred, the ratio of locally made parts and components rose and it reached 100% by October 1957.

Specification

Engine model GH10
Type Water-cooled inline 4-cylinder
Displacement 1,265 cc
Maximum output 37.5 PS (28 kW)
Fuel Gasoline
Overall length 4,061 mm
Overall width 1,575 mm
Overall height 1,524 mm
Wheelbase 2,362 mm
Complete vehicle curb weight 956 kg
Riding capacity 4 people

Award

The best 240 automotive technologies of Japan, Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan, Inc.

Origin of a name

“Hillman” derived its name from the founder of Rootes Motors, William Hillman, and “minx” means an impudent or flirtatious girl.

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