Minx Phase 1

Hillman Minx Phase 1 1945-1947

The 1947 New Minx was essentially the 1940 model, with some post-war improvements. It was powered by a 35 h.p. 4-cylinder 1184 c.c. side valve engine.

1947 Hillman Minx Phase 1

(Brochure text)

Many further great improvements

A vast war-time experience and research is reflected in the post-war model which now includes the following new features-additional to the many advantages always provided by Minx

INCREASED SAFETY Stiffer chassis frame and anti-sway bar for safer fast cornering and general “roadability”-improved steering gear and control-steering wheel free from road shock. GREATER POWER AND ECONOMY This world-proved Engine with new type cylinder head, increased compression ratio and Lo-ex alloy Pistons now gives 35 b.h.p. with far more economical fuel and oil consumption. IMPROVED PERFORMANCE With such increased power-a higher rear axle ratio- swifter and pleasanter cruising speeds with less engine effort, new type air and exhaust silencers greatly reducing noise. SMOOTHER RUNNING EVEN FOR MINX Improved engine mounting, providing greater stability for power units. Gearbox refinements for quieter running. BALANCED CLUTCH CONTROL Prevents clutch judder, allowing engine to float on its mounting, isolating clutch pedal from engine movement. RUST-PREVENTION Underframe assembly and body parts are specially treated to prevent corrosion and its damaging effects. IMPROVED BODY SILENCE & COMFORT Effective sound-insulation, draught and dustproof. Im-proved shock absorbers, new design window channels, easier and quieter closing of doors. MINOR POINTS OF MAJOR BENEFIT Easier “get-at-ability” of crankcase oil filler and dipstick. Improved fixing and easy removal of spare wheel. Modifications to increase life of exhaust valves and seats with leaded fuels. Improved waterproofing for brake linings. New brake drum, providing smoother and more effective braking, with less wear. Better chromium plating for rough usage. New type jacking system, simple and immediate engagement of starting handle.
Black with Brown upholstery. Smoke with Aero Blue upholstery. Mediterranean Blue with Blue upholstery. Cotswold Grey with Maroon upholstery.



The specification of the Saloon de Luxe (illustrated above) includes the following equipment.- Window Louvres, Spring-Spoke Steering Wheel, Three Ash Trays, Silk Rope Pulls, Multiplane Driver’s Seat, Adjustable Front Passenger Seat, Leather Upholstery, Dual Screen-wipers, Sun Visor, Special Door and Front Seat Trim, Chromium Plated Radiator Grille, Side Armrests, Pockets to Doors, Over-riders to Bumpers.


Our Engineers have made provision for the simple fitting of a wireless receiver.


Source: 1947 Brochure

There was also a Minx Convertible, known as the Drophead Coupé.

1947 Hillman Minx Convertible

Ford 1946

Ford 1946

1946 Ford Fordor Sedan

1946 Ford Coupe

Ford Taunus ‘Buckel’

Ford Taunus 1948-1951

1948 Ford Taunus

The 1948-1951 Ford Taunus was known as the “Buckel” (similar to ‘fastback’)

1948 Ford Taunus

1948 Ford Taunus

Fiat 1500 (1935)

Fiat 1500 1935-1950

1950 Fiat 1500 E

The 1500 E was the last version of the 1500 that had been introduced in 1935.


Austin A40 Devon / Dorset

A40 Devon / Dorset 1947-1952

1947 Austin A40 Devon Saloon

1947 Austin A40 Dorset Saloon

WITH the new A40 models Austin are offering their finest cars yet in the popular class namely, for the motorist needing an economical car that can carry four in quiet, smooth comfort with plenty of power to spare for safe overtaking and rapid hill climbing.

Of modern design, the “A40” Dorset 2-door and Devon 4-door saloons have a 40 b.h.p. overhead valve engine and incorporate independent front suspension. A built-in-radio and interior heater, which can be supplied at extra cost, provide additional evidence of the advanced specification of these fine new cars. Both saloons have all-steel, sound-insulated bodies with safe, rear opening doors and concealed running boards. The comfortable full-width seating is upholstered in leather, and the instruments and controls are handy and attractive in appearance. At the rear there is generous built-in luggage accommodation, while additional platform space can be provided, if required, by the rear panel.

These new A40 saloons are available in a choice of attractive colours with upholstery to suit. Having a clean, stylish design to match their crisp, smooth performance, they come as a great new advance in popular motoring.

SMOOTH riding, with plenty of power to spare for safe overtaking and rapid hill climbing are two of the many reasons why the Austin A40 Devon Saloon has won world-wide popularity.

Modern in design, with independent front suspension and a 40 b.h.p. overhead valve engine to ensure sparkling performance, the A40 can travel nearly 40 miles per gallon of fuel at a speed of 30 m.p.h.,and has a maximum speed of over 70 m.p.h. Thus, this car is equally at home nipping quickly and quietly through city traffic, or shortening the long country journey.

Source: Austin A40 Devon/Dorset Brochure

Austin 8, 10, 12 and 16

Austin Eight * Ten * Twelve * Sixteen 1939-1949

“THE AUSTIN EIGHT, built for long life and dependable carefree running, is a car which offers the public the highest motoring value commensurate with economical running costs, and as a 4-door saloon it will command an increasing popularity.
Pleasing in appearance, the car provides comfortable seating for four adults. The lively four-cylinder engine gives a very satisfying performance, while Girling brakes, variable ratio Cam gear steering and the wide window visibility, ensure a car that is safe and easy to drive. Left hand steering is optional.

1939 Austin 8 and 10

THE AUSTIN TEN, considered by many as the ideal family car, provides really comfortable motoring for four adults. The divided centre arm rest for the rear seat and the large, deep front seats evidence its exceptionally generous accommodation.
The engine with its counterbalanced crankshaft and improved cylinder head design gives the car an exceedingly smooth and fine road performance; there is ample power for all normal requirements and running costs are low.
The car is pleasant and safe to drive under all conditions, and is equipped for long life and dependable care-free running in every respect. Left hand steering is optional.”

Source: Austin brochure

Austin 12-16

1939 Austin 12 & 16

“The name Austin is synonymous the world over with dependable and care-free motoring. This invaluable reputation, which has been built up over the past forty years, is now further enhanced by the resources of the modern plant and skilled engineers today responsible for the production of Austin cars.

The present Austin Sixteen saloon offers the finest all-round value in medium-sized cars. Of proved design and construction, and available as a four-door de-luxe saloon with many attractive coachwork features, the Sixteen, powered with an overhead-valve four-cylinder engine, has an outstanding performance with rapid hill climbing and excellent acceleration as notable features.”