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Hillman Super Imp

Hillman Super Imps was taken in production in September 1965 and continued up to the last days of the Imp in March 1976.

Portuguese Super Imp
João Gustavo Neves' Hillman Super
Imp (1971) and his nephew Diogo (1990)

It was launched when the basic saloon was dropped from the range and the Deluxe Mark II made its appearance. The Super Imp had superior fixtures and fittings to put it roughly midway between the Deluxe and the Chamois. It had the same mechanical specifications as the normal DeLuxe (itself improved in detail), but its furnishing and fittings were not as basic. Its style differed from the Chamois, as it had a more 'flash' appearance.

Externally the new Super Imp distinguised itself from de Imp de luxe by:

Inside the car, the emphasis is on more luxury than the de luxe sports:

Hillman Super Imp

The Hillman Imp Super was the first Hillman to feature full carpeting. Previous Hillmans were either rubber mats or carpeted rear and rubber mat front.

Other features of the Super Imp include:

The uninspired name came from the Humber Super Snipe and the Super Minx.

Weights of the
Imp Super,
as listed in catalogues
1967
1968
1969
1971
1973
1,578 lbs
1,578 lbs
1,577 lbs
1,577 lbs
1,560 lbs

As the weight of the panels did not vary (research on body panels confirms this), it is supposed that it must have been the trim.

Dutch newspaper De Tijd De Maasbode wrote on November 20th 1965 that Hillman brought the 'Super Imp' to the market. They named as the main features: different grille, chrome strips to protect the hood, wheel trim rings, two ashtrays in the rear compartment, arm rests next to the rear seat, a Dual Tone horn and several other improvements.


Super Imp and Pulp Fiction's heroine
Eric Gillies' interesting Hillman Imp Super

Hillman Super Imp saloon Spring Special

During spring 1967 a special batch of Imp Supers was sold in the UK for £482. They were silver grey metallic, with special bumpers and whitewall tyres.
Apparantly these vehicles had been a special batch, that had been assembled for the Canadian market, but the order was cancelled.

Chassis numbers: B 44 20 30 297 HSO was one of these.


From a folder 'The latest Hillman Super Imp' : Confidential : Facts for the salesman. - Chrysler Rootes. - Ref 123H; 1/98/4

New sales-winning features

Plus all the proved Super Imp features


Hillman Super Imp        
Modern Motoring and Travel 1966, Sept. - p.3        
ENGINE   MOTOR   MOTEUR
Four cylinder with overhead valves operated by single overhead camshaft.
Aluminium alloy cylinder block with detachable aluminium alloy cylinder head.
Bore and Stroke:
Cubic capacity:
B.H.P.:
Maximum torque:
Compression ratio:
Lubrication:

Oil capacity:
Fuel system:


68 by 60.375 mm.
875 c.c.
42 gross (39 nett) at 5,000 r.p.m.
55.6 lb./ft. at 2,800 r.p.m.
10 : 1
pressure by Hobourn Eaton pump with full-flow filter
5.5 pints
Solex 30 PIH5 downdraught carburettor,
AC mechanical pump
 








3.125 ltr.
 
TRANSMISSION   TRANSMISSIE   TRANSMISSION
Clutch make:
clutch type:
clutch diameter:
Gearbox:
Synchromesh:
Gear ratios:
Reverse:
Final drive type:
Final drive ratio.

Overall gear ratios:
Reverse: 
Laycock
diaphragm, self-adjusting hydraulic operation
6.25 in.
4-speed in unit with engine (aluminium alloy casting)
on all forward gears
0.852, 1.174, 1.833 and 3.417 to 1
2.846 to 1
hypoid trans-axle and crown wheel and pinion
4.857 to 1
Alunimium alloy casing.
4.138, 5.702, 8.905 and 16.595 to 1
13.824 to 1.
 

159 mm.
 
SUSPENSION   OPHANGING   SUSPENSION
Front, independent by swing axle and coil springs.
Rear, independent by traling arms and coil springs.
Shock absorbers: telescopic hydraulic front and rear.
       
STEERING   STUURSYSTEEM   DIRECTION
Make:
Type:
Turns, lock to lock: 
Engineering Productions
Rack and pinion with two-spoke steering wheel
2.6
     
BRAKES   REMMEN   FREINS
Make:
Type:
front:
rear:
Drums, diameter:
Brake lining width:
Total brake lining area: 
Girling
hydraulic drum
two-leading shoe
leading and trailing shoe
8.0 in.
1.5 in.
75 sq.in.
 




203 mm.
38.1 mm.
484 cm2
 
GENERAL DATA        
Wheel base:
Track (front):
Track (rear):
Overall length:
Overall width:
Overall height:
Ground clearance (laden):
Turning circle:
Weight unladen (with petrol and water):
Tank capacity: 
6 ft.10 in.
4ft. 1½ in.
4ft. ½ in.
11 ft. 7 in.
5 ft. in.
4 ft. 6 in.
5 in.
30 ft. 6 in.
1,535 lbs
6 imp. galls.
     

Price

Oct. 1965 before tax total
Imp Mk II £ 445 £ 539 5s. 5d.
Super Imp £ 467 £ 565 17s. 1d.

Literature

The Imp goes super. - Motor 1965, October 2. - pp.34-35


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