Hillman Super Imps was taken in production in September 1965 and continued up to the last days of the Imp in March 1976.
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:
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.
as listed in catalogues
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.
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.
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
|Hillman Super Imp|
|Modern Motoring and Travel 1966, Sept. - p.3|
Four cylinder with overhead valves operated by single overhead camshaft.Bore and Stroke:
Aluminium alloy cylinder block with detachable aluminium alloy cylinder head.
68 by 60.375 mm.
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
Solex 30 PIH5 downdraught carburettor,
AC mechanical pump
Final drive type:
Final drive ratio.
Overall gear ratios:
diaphragm, self-adjusting hydraulic operation
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.
|Front, independent by swing axle and coil springs.
Rear, independent by traling arms and coil springs.
Shock absorbers: telescopic hydraulic front and rear.
Turns, lock to lock:
Rack and pinion with two-spoke steering wheel
Brake lining width:
Total brake lining area:
leading and trailing shoe
Ground clearance (laden):
Weight unladen (with petrol and water):
|6 ft.10 in.
4ft. 1½ in.
4ft. ½ in.
11 ft. 7 in.
5 ft. in.
4 ft. 6 in.
30 ft. 6 in.
6 imp. galls.
|Oct. 1965||before tax||total|
|Imp Mk II||£ 445||£ 539 5s. 5d.|
|Super Imp||£ 467||£ 565 17s. 1d.|
The Imp goes super. - Motor 1965, October 2. - pp.34-35
|The Imp Site|
The Imp family
A Super Imp with double headlights
on another site: Paul Waites' late Super Imp