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Hillman

Hillman started out as a small scale cycle manufacturer, and built some interesting cars, but it did not survive the 1920s without being bought-out. In the end, it was Rootes brothers that did the deed, before carving out an extremely successful car producing business for themselves…

Marques : Hillman

Marques : Hillman

Hillman started out as a small scale cycle manufacturer, and built some interesting cars, but it did not survive the 1920s without being bought-out. In the end, it was Rootes brothers that did the deed, before carving out an extremely successful car producing business for themselves…

Concepts and prototypes : Avenger R429 Coupé

Concepts and prototypes : Avenger R429 Coupé

Ryton’s Capri 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… The R429 was a fascinating might-have-been. […]

News : Our most popular cars are Britain’s most endangered

News : Our most popular cars are Britain’s most endangered

The cars that form the backbone of AROnline are some of the fastest disappearing motors on British roads. New research into the top British family cars by Honest John Classics reveals that many of UK’s once-popular family cars are on the most endangered.

Gallery : Rootes dealers and factories

Gallery : Rootes dealers and factories

Keith Adams   Thanks to Shahin of the PaykanHunter website (and regular of Autoshite), who put in some serious hours scanning a selection of amazing transparencies, we now have further insight into how the Rootes Group dealerships in the UK looked – and what you were faced with as a potential Hillman or Chrysler customer. […]

Tested : Maxi, Marina and rivals

Tested : Maxi, Marina and rivals

Taken from the first-ever issue of What Car? magazine. This 1973 test makes fascinating reading, and is a great insight into how road tests used to be.

Tested : Marina vs Avenger

Tested : Marina vs Avenger

Too close to call? Two doyens of the British family car market slug it out in the first of a new series of road tests… First published in Classic Car Weekly in August 2005, KEITH ADAMS pitted the Hillman Avenger against its arch rival from Cowley, the Morris Marina. It was a close call… Introduction […]

Hillman Avenger : Avenger production in New Zealand

Hillman Avenger : Avenger production in New Zealand

Avengers in New Zealand To celebrate the opening of Todd Motor’s Todd Park car plant at Porirua, Wellington, the December 1974 issue of NZ Motor World ran a large feature of Todds and their operations. Within the feature was a full page glossy colour spread of a car on their production lines, a yellow Hillman […]

Hillman Avenger : Hillman Avenger in production

Hillman Avenger : Hillman Avenger in production

Ryton’s finest The Avenger was originally built at a new assembly line at the newly expanded Ryton plant, near Coventry. Ryton was essentially an assembly operation, because the bodies and pressed panels were shipped by rail from the Linwood plant in Scotland and the engine/gearbox assemblies came from the company’s Stoke plant. This was actually […]

Hillman Avenger : Avengers in New Zealand

Hillman Avenger : Avengers in New Zealand

B Car down under The Avenger was also assembled in New Zealand, and proved a minor hit on the Kiwi market. Andy Thompson and Shannon Stevenson take up its story. A large number of Avengers were sold in New Zealand. That is why there are still many of them and other British cars of that […]

Hillman Avenger : Sunbeam Avenger

Hillman Avenger : Sunbeam Avenger

The Avenger was marketed in the European mainland as a Sunbeam Avenger, here are some images… Sunbeam Avenger Estate Pictures kindly supplied by Hervé Le Guernic and Julian Marsh