Hillman Avenger : Avenger R429 Coupé
Whitley designed a Coupé version of the Avenger, which would have topped the range and gone head to head with the ultra-successful Ford Capri and Opel Manta. It bears a striking resemblance to BL’s Condor project, under development at the same time. Sadly, it was not to be…
A fascinating might-have-been was the R429. This car was designed as Chrysler UK's answer to the Ford Capri (and little did they know, the very similar Condor project, produced by BL at Cowley) and had that similar trans-Atlantic feel that made the Capri such a hit with middle-aged men everywhere. Unfortunately, the design department could not convince Chrysler management that the cost of producing this car would have justified the extra sales.
Colour pictures supplied by Roy Axe