HILLMAN cars Ryton-on-Dunsmore England UK


Ryton-on-Dunsmore, England, UK


with Humber


Hillman Motor Car Company
Industry Automotive industry
Fate Merged
Successor Rootes Group
Founded 1907
Founder William Hillman
Defunct 1931
Headquarters Ryton-on-Dunsmore, England
Products Automobiles
Parent 1929–31 Humber
Hillman Marque
Owner PSA
Country United Kingdom
Discontinued 1976
Markets Automotive
Previous owners 1907–29 Hillman Motor Car Company
1929–31 Humber
1931–67 Rootes Group
1967–79 Chrysler
1929 Hillman14

Hillman 14 1929

1936 Hillman Minx De Luxe 4-D Saloon

Hillman Minx De Luxe 4-Door Saloon 1936

1955 Hillman Minx Mark VIII Cabriolet

Hillman Minx Mark VIII Drophead 1955


1961 Hillman Minx

Hillman is a British automobile marque created by the Hillman Motor Car Company, founded in 1907. The company was based in Ryton-on-Dunsmore, near Coventry, England. Before 1907 the company had built bicycles. Although the Hillman company was acquired by Humber in 1929, Hillman was used as the primary marque of the Rootes Group from 1931, following its acquisition of Humber, until 1967, when Chrysler in turn took over Rootes. The marque continued to be used under Chrysler until 1976.



In 1857 Josiah Turner and James Starley formed the Coventry Sewing Machine Company, and recruited skilled engineers from the London area to join them, one of whom was William Hillman. In 1869 the firm changed its name to the Coventry Machinists Company, and like many other manufacturers in the area embarked on producing velocipedes. In 1870 Hillman and Starley patented a new bicycle called the “Ariel” and by 1885 Hillman was a partner of the bicycle manufacturer Hillman Herbert and Cooper, producing a bicycle called the Kangaroo. Hillman’s new company soon established itself, and before the turn of the 20th century, Hillman was a millionaire. With wealth came the means to fulfil Hillman’s next ambition, to become a car producer. Hillman had moved into Abingdon House in Stoke Aldermoor near Coventry and decided that a sensible plan would be to set up a car factory in its grounds. in 1907 Hillman-Coatalen, was founded by William Hillman with the Breton Louis Coatalen as designer and chief engineer. They launched the 24HP Hillman-Coatalen (named after its designer), which was entered into that year’s Tourist Trophy. The car was put out of the race by a crash, but it had made a splash. Coatalen left in 1909 to join Sunbeam and the company was re-registered as the Hillman Motor Car Company in 1910.

The first cars were large, featuring a 9.76-litre 6-cylinder engine or a 6.4-litre four. A smaller car, the 9 hp of 1913 with a 1357 cc side-valve four-cylinder engine, was the first to sell in significant numbers and was re-introduced after the First World War as the 11 hp, having grown to 1600 cc. The big seller was the 14 hp introduced in 1925, and the only model made until 1928. Following the fashion of the time a Straight Eight of 2.6 litres and Hillman’s first use of overhead valves came in 1928 but soon gained a reputation for big-end problems.

Rootes era

In 1928 Hillman was taken over by Humber and both were taken over by Rootes in 1931. Hillman went on to become the dominant brand within the Rootes empire, alongside Humber, Sunbeam and Singer.

The 1930s saw a return to side valves with a 6-cylinder Wizard first produced in April 1931 and in 1932 the first car to carry the Minx name. This had a 1185 cc four-cylinder and went through a series of updates in body style and construction until the end of the Second World War. In 1934 the Hillman Wizard “65” and “75” were replaced by the 2110cc Hillman “16 hp” and 2810cc “20/70”, which lasted until 1936 when a new body design in the form of the 2576 cc Hillman “Sixteen” and the 3181 cc “Hawk” and “80”, all with side valve straight-six engines, were introduced. These cars were later rebodied and sold as Humbers.

After the war the Minx was reintroduced with the same 1185 cc engine. It went through a series of models given Phase numbers and the Phase VIII of 1955 saw the arrival of an overhead-valve engine 1390cc, the Mk 8. The later 1956 Two Tone version of this model was called the “Gay Look” or Mk 8A model, showing how the meaning of words can change, and led to the advertising slogan “As Gay as a Mardi Gras”. A smaller car, the Husky with van like body and using the old side-valve engine, was also new for 1954. The floor pan of this model was later to form the basis for the Sunbeam Alpine, Sunbeam also being part of the Rootes empire. A complete departure in 1963 was the Hillman Imp using a Coventry Climax all alloy, 875 cc rear engine and built in a brand new factory in Linwood, Scotland. The location was chosen under government influence to bring employment to a depressed area. A fastback version, the Californian, and an estate re-using the Husky name were also made. A new car called the Hunter was introduced in 1966 with, in 1967, a smaller-engined standard version using the old Minx name. These are frequently given their factory code of “Arrow”, but this name was never officially used in marketing.


Chrysler had assumed complete control of Rootes by 1967, and the first new Hillman model whose development was financed by the American giant was the Avenger of 1970.

1972 Hillman Avenger Saloon

1972 Hillman Avenger Saloon


The Avenger and Hunter ranges were rebadged as Chryslers until 1979 when Chrysler sold its European division to Peugeot. At this point, Hunter production was shelved and the Avenger was rebadged as a Talbot until it was finally withdrawn from sale at the end of 1981.

Hillman’s Ryton factory, which had assembled various Peugeot models for the European market, closed in 2007. The French company still owns the rights to the Hillman name.

Car models

1929 Hillman14 1930 hillman london olympia 1930 hillman straight 8 saloon 1931 hillman 75 coupe cabrio 1931 hillman minx may 1931 hillman vortic tourer 1931 hillman wizard saloon 1931 hillman wizard 1932 Hillman Minx 1124cc 1932 hillman minx carbodies 1932 hillman minx tourer 1932 hillman minx 1933 hillman aero minx (2) 1933 hillman aero minx roadster 1933 Hillman Aero Minx 1933 hillman minx i wizard 1933 hillman minx saloon 1933 hillman potters 1933 hillman wizard saloon 1934 hillman 115a 1934 hillman aero minx police 1934 hillman minx dhc 1934 hillman Minx poster 1934 Hillman Minx sports tourer1185cc 1935 hillman aero minx cresta saloon 1935 Hillman Minx Castle Hedingham 1935 Hillman Sports tourer 1935 hillman twenty 70 swb 1936 hillman 80 limousine 1936 hillman aero minx 1936 hillman hawk saloon 1936 Hillman Humber Cars 1936 hillman iam 1936 Hillman Minx De Luxe 4-D Saloon 1937 hillman 16 tourer 1937 Hillman Minx 1184cc 1938 Hillman Minx Magnificent 1938 hillman minx rmc 1939 hillman 14 saloon 1940 hillman 14 saloon 1940 hillman minx Phase I 1940 hillman minx tyl 1941 hillman minx 10hp 1943 hillman light utility 1945 hillman minx 1946 hillman commer 1946 hillman minx dhc 1946 hillman minx november 1946 Hillman Minx Saloon 1947 hillman lav162 1947 hillman minx convertible ph1cab 1947 hillman minx december 1947 Hilman Minx Mark I drophead coupé 1948 hillman minx conv london 1948 Hillman Minx Mark II 1949 hillman estate 1949 hillman minx ad 3 1949 hillman minx ad 1949 hillman minx phase 3 dhc 1950 hillman estate 1950 Hillman IMP prototype 'The Slug' 600cc 1950 hillman minx ph4 1951 Hillman Minx phase 5 1952 hillman minx ad 1953 hillman minx 7 estate 1953 Hillman Minx Convertible Coupé ad 1953 Hillman Minx Mark V 1953 hillman minx phase 6 coupe 1953 Hillman Minx Phase 6 1954 hillman husky 1954 hillman minx ph8 1954 Hillman Minx Phase VII Saloon 1954 Hillman Minx Special 4-D Saloon Phase VIII 1955 Hillman Minx Mark 8 1955 Hillman Minx Mark VIII Cabriolet 1955+56 Hillman Minx c 1955+56 Hillman Minx Phase 8  8a +b 1955-56 Hillman Minx Phase 8a 1956 hillman husky 1956 hillman minx ph8a 1957 hillman minx estate s1 1957 hillman minx s1 1957 Hillman Minx serie I Convertible 1957 Hillman Minx Series I 1957 Hillman Minx Series IIa 1957 hillman minx sII jubilee 1957 hillman station wagon 1958-59 hillman minx 1959 hillman minx iiia 1959 Hillman Minx Series IIIa 1959 Hillman Minx Series IIIb 1959 hillmann husky 1959 Humber 80 1960 Hillman Husky ad 1960 hillman husky-jr 1960 hillman minx convert may 1960 Hillman Minx 1961 hillman minx s3b october'60 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA 1961 hillman superminx convert 1962 hillman minx s3c 1962 hillman super minx 1963 Hillman Husky Series III Engine 1390 cc WKR 1963 hillman imp range 3 1963 Hillman Minx 1600 1963 Hillman Minx 1600a 1963 Hillman Super Minx Ser.II Engine 1592cc S4 1963-66 Hillman Husky III 1964 hillman husky-jr 1964 hillman imp (2) 1964 Hillman imp (3) 1964 hillman imp 2-jr 1964 Hillman Imp 1964 Hillman Minx Series V 1592cc 1964 hillman super minx 1965 hillman imp-jr OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA 1966 Hillman Imp Ad 1966 hillman imp californian 1966 Hillman Minx Ad 1966 Hillman Minx Californian 1966 Hillman Minx series VI 1725cc 1966 hillman minx VI 1966 Hillman Minx, LLU 787D 1966 Hillman Minx 1966 Hillman Super Minx Estate Mk.IV 1966 Sunbeam Minx 1967 Hillman Hunter with second of the four fronts 1725cc 1967 hillman hunter 1967 hillman husky 1967 hillman imp tyl 1967 Hillman Minx 1496cc 1967 Hillman Minx Deluxe Series VI Engine 1725cc S4a 1968 hillman hunter saloon 1968 Hillman Hunter 1968 Hillmann Imp-de luxe 1969 hillman avenger gl 1969 hillman avenger 1969 hillman hunter est 1969 hillman super imp 1970 Hillman Imp 1970 Hillman Minx Arrow type near Biggleswade 1970-76 Hillman Avenger Super Estate Engine 1498cc S4 O OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA 1972 Hillman Avenger 1500 Deluxe Engine 1498cc S4 1972 Hillman Avenger Saloon 2005 Hillman Hunter Arrow Paykan Hillman Minx Phase 5a hillman project-apex Hillman_badge hillmman minx ph 1 Isuzu Hillman Minx Mark Ⅵ, Rear view Paykan Pickup.Hillman_Minx


That was all about Hillman.