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Most commonly bought conversion offered by Hartwell

Andrew Marsden
June 7, 2010

I can add a little to your write-up on Hartwell Imps. In September 1971 I purchased a 'showroom model' Imp from Team Hartwell. It was based on the cheapest model (without frills eg no heater blower, cerulean blue or white paint finish only) and I recall the modifications to have been as follows:-

The rest of the car was absolutely standard - gearbox, cooling system, ignition, wheels and tyres - because, I understood, it was expected that each customer would carry out his own further modifications should he wish to do so.

The above description does not accord very closely with the descriptions of the mods listed in Hartwell - The Imp Site, which intrigues me as I understood my conversion was the least expensive and most commonly bought one offered by Hartwells at that time. It was certainly great fun to drive after I had made my modifications although it was noisy and short on creature comforts.

Regards
Andrew Marsden

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Andrew Marsden
June 9, 2010

I've been searching for photos and have found a couple of competition ones that show just how standard the car looked (it had to look reasonable, as I used it for visiting all sorts of business in my work as an Officer of Customs & Excise!)

What a lot of questions to consider. Yes you can quote me but only as "I remember ..." since it's almost 40 years ago.

The further mods I made to the car were directed to making it suitable for the fairly serious road rallies, which were run at the time and as far as remember consisted of:-

I never had the power output checked, but it would live with a standard Cooper S, but not with the heavily modified ones one usually encountered (at least, not on the straight bits). But carrying full rally gear, two up and with a Ford Anglia engine we were delivering in the back, it made an MGB look very silly in a traffic-light grand prix

I only ran it for two years before I had to sell it (converted back to standard form) to fund a house purchase, but I tranferred all the mechanicals into an old Imp that I already owned, and continued to campaign that, until it started to come apart at the seams, when I bought an Imp Sport and transferred everything again. Old rally cars seldom die, they keep getting transplants.

I'm afraid the only tangible evidence I have, is the photos - no brochure, no bill of sale - which I now see as a real downer.

I hope this has helped you

Regards
Andrew


 



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