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Hillman Hunter stateside??

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Hillman Hunter stateside??
Posted by mini man on Sunday, March 12, 2017 11:35 AM

I was watching  a clip  from the French Connection and saw this Hillman hunter,part of the GM family,so what would the make and model have been stateside?

 

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Posted by gloozalot on Sunday, March 12, 2017 1:55 PM

If I remember right, during that time there was a Plymouth Cricket stateside that I understand was a re-badged Hunter.  I do not recall those cars being connected with GM at all but shucks, what do I know?

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Posted by trainwreck on Sunday, March 12, 2017 2:21 PM

MM, when this car was shipped over the big pond it was simply a Hillman. The parent company (I think its was rootes) had no ties to the US until Chrysler purchased it in '68 or'69. As a side note this company also produced the sunbeam tiger. Trainwreck.

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Posted by mini man on Sunday, March 12, 2017 3:01 PM

Cheers gents,

my bad re GM,mind like an err what was I saying ahh yes earl grey tea...Stick out tongue

 

The cricket was an avenger,used to own a Humber scepre whuch was a posh hunter - gave my neighbour Mr Hubert a lift home - he was the proverbial english gent in his 80s and it made his day getting a ride in  a Humber!Cool

 

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Posted by midnightprowler on Sunday, March 12, 2017 4:19 PM

gloozalot

If I remember right, during that time there was a Plymouth Cricket stateside that I understand was a re-badged Hunter.  I do not recall those cars being connected with GM at all but shucks, what do I know?

 

 

The Plymouth Cricket was actually a rebadged Hillman Avenger.

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Posted by BUGATTI FAN on Friday, September 21, 2018 11:49 AM

The Hillman Hunter, Minx and the last Humber Sceptre shared the same body style and were produced by the Rootes Group (Hillman, Humber and Sunbeam) just before being acquired by the Chrysler Corporation.

The tooling for the Hunter was all shipped out to Iran and went into production there before the Shah was deposed. As Michael Caine would say ' Not a lot of people know that!'

The Hillman Avenger that followed on under Chrysler was nothing to shout about considering its name! Chrysler traded on the Tiger name from the V8 Tiger based on the Sunbeam Alpine sports car, and brought out a version named the Avenger Tiger with a bit of tuning and a spoiler bolted onto the back. As far as I can remember they were all painted orange with black trim stripes. All in all a bit of a pathetic car really, and a bit of an insult to the original Tiger.

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Posted by BUGATTI FAN on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 10:46 AM

Forgot to mention in last post that back in the late 60's the Hillman Hunter / Minx bodies were being built at the Pressed Steel Fisher Plant next door to the Morris Cars Plant at Cowley, Oxford in the UK. The two factories are still there and now owned by BMW who produce all the versions the MINI there.

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Posted by nottheband on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 11:01 PM

The Hillmans were sold here in Australia under the Rootes Group name until mid-60s when taken over by Chrysler.  I think Hillmans were sold here until mid 70s or so.

Trivia: the first London to Sydney Marathon in 1968 was won by a Hillman Hunter driven by legendary Scot rally driver Andrew Cowan.  Cheers.

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Posted by hayes on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 3:54 AM

Sorry to disappoint you BUGATTI FAN but not "all the versions of the MINI" are produced at Cowley. A large proportion of MINI production is sourced from factories in The Netherlands & Austria. Incidentally, Chrysler sold what was once the old Rootes Group to Peugeot-Citroen who produced the Peugeot 308 at the old Hillman factory at Ryton, near Coventry, for a few years before taking a £384million grant from The Europeen Union to close the factory & move production to Slovakia.

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Posted by BUGATTI FAN on Sunday, February 9, 2020 2:59 AM

Not disappointed Hayes, but I do stand corrected about the other places where BMW minis are now built. Incidentally, say back in the 70's when I worked for a subsidiary of the old Pressed Steel company I was part of a tour of the Cowley factory. At the time they were building Hillman Hunters on contract to Rooted Group. What else I discovered that the Volvo P100 coupe  bodies that featured in the Saint TV series with Roger Moore were built at Cowley sometime before. I used to often pass the old Ryton factory after continuing off the M45 and it was a shame to see the site shortly after it was flattened.

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Posted by hayes on Sunday, February 9, 2020 6:14 AM

Coventry is called the "Car Capital" of the UK by those TV News presenters lacking any real knowledge. It used to be home to Standard-Triumph, MG-Rover, Jaguar, Rootes Group & Alvis - today the only 4-wheeled vehicles produced there are a few dozen electric London Taxicabs assembled from parts imported from China. When I was young you could walk down the main street of our town & never see a foreign car. Today, after all those EU grants & loans to move companies out of the country, it is very different - then they wonder why we voted for Brexit!

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Posted by BUGATTI FAN on Sunday, February 9, 2020 12:10 PM

I visited your transport museum in Coventry about 3 years ago. It was a very interesting museum to visit. One of the things that I found out there was that the Minis filmed going through the sewers in the original Italian Job movie was done in Coventry during the build of a new sewer system.

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Posted by hayes on Sunday, February 9, 2020 4:09 PM

You should visit the Haynes Motor Museum at Sparkford, just off the A303 north of Yeovil. It is claimed to be the largest motor museum in the UK. It has one hall full of dozens of American cars - from a Duesenberg, a Cord, an Auburn to a 1958 Ford Skyliner retractable. Other halls contain F1 cars, supercars, British cars, etc. - even a hall full of cars all painted red! Well worth the drive to see it.

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Posted by BUGATTI FAN on Monday, February 10, 2020 3:51 AM

Visited it a number of times when I used to visit my late mother in law who lived just outside Yeovil. Has a great variety of cars, many of the more mundane ones I can remember having owned similar ones since I started driving in the 60's. Lots of exotics and memorabilia. The blue Duesie was the jewel in the crown for me each time I visited.

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