Back
Home
Top of Page
Imps in Pics

Rootes Hillman Imp

The Imp was innovative in more than a few ways : In complete contrast to the Mini, which was then in its fourth year, the Imp had a rear-mounted 875cc overhead camshaft, all aluminium engine and driving the rear wheels through a combined four speed gearbox and final drive unit (transaxle). Few other cars of that time had an aluminium alloy die-cast engine. The Hillman Imp was Britain's first mass-produced car with engine block and cylinder head cast in aluminium. This engine slants sharply from left to right, canted over at 45 degrees, to lower the centre of gravity (and leave room on top for luggage).
The single overhead camshaft design;
its unusually high compression ratio of 10 to 1, possible because of an advanced combustion chamber shape.
It had one of the first truly ergonomic facias.
Most obvious of all: it was the first mass-production British car ever to have the engine in the back.
Opening rear window: it lifts to give access to luggage room above the engine. Combined with the folding seat squab, it anticipated the hatchback.
The Hillman Imp was the first car to use a Diaphragm Spring Clutch.
In 1963 it had many features that would not become common in other cars until the end of the 70s: a third 'door'; special folding bench seat in the back; automatic choke; no grease points; gauges for temperature, voltage and oil pressure; light, responsive steering.

Random Rootes Imp Picture


Click on the Registration number to go to the page for that car..... 

Pre 63

 1400 SC

 

 5667 FM

 

 65 BRK

 

 666 ATA

 

 71 YMN

 

 

 264 UUR

 

 323 LOT

 

 6479 KM

 669 KOV

 2697 KV

 

 5882 KX

 

 5948 RU

 

 6002 PW

 675 SUO

   

 7111 KV

 

 7322 KV

 

 7742 KV

 

 7992 KV

 

 800 XYA

 

 9464 FN

 

ebf1.jpg picture by andy697g

 BYL 748

 

 CH 5540

 

Photobucket

 HOF 85

 

 HVS 860

 

 JAI 791

 

 

 JSL 772

 

 KIO 259

 

 VJT 508

 

 WVS 192

 

 XAG 620

 

 XWG 720

1 January 1963

A

31  December 1963

 

 AEL 279 A

 

 NWR 677 A

 

       
1 January 1964

B

31  December 1964

 

 AMW 568 B

 

 ANV 114 B

 

 BDL 313 B

 

 BPH 644 B

 

 BRU 434 B

 

 
Photobucket

 ENP 653 B

 

 EAR 305 B

 

 EPA 642 B

 

 FPJ 37 B

 

 GHU 100 B

 

 GHU 611 B

 

 JRM 998 B

 

 PMB 38 B

 

 PRX 225 B

 

 

 BR 9

 

1 January 1965

C

31  December 1965

 BCC 259 C

 BKS 974 C

 CWL 81 C

 

 CUX 259 C

 DAV 876 C

 

 DAJ 599 C

 

 EPO 391 C

 

 ERR 565 C

 

 EUC 554 C

 EVN 540 C

 EXG 333 C

 

 EYC 604 C

 FEA 130 C

 FDD 554 C

 

     

 FHP 906 C

 

 FPM 8 C

 

 FRW 304 C

 

 FRW 308 C

   

 FUD 403 C

 

 HUR 42 C

 

 HCN 817 C

 

     

 LTU 378 C

 

 

 MHX 956 C

 

 

 MMG 703 C

 

 PTU 23 C

 

 FDS 25 C

 

 
1 January 1966

D

31  December 1966

 BDG 324 D

 AGS 988 D

 CCC 450 D

 DDY 408 D

 EBX 945 D

 EVR 151 D

 GDL 273 D 

 EOD 537 D

 ETK 328 D

 FUO 111 D

 FFG 549 D

 FNT 481 D

 FOC 380 D

 GRH 913 D

 HLJ 132 D

 JFN 376 D

   

GEL 611 D

 HBU 15 D

 

 HHW 184 D

 JDM 874 D

 KAA 545 D

 

 KDM 273 D

 KLB 222 D

 MGO 613 D

 MGW 815 D

 MUL 931 D

 

 

 NPE 200 D

 NPG 450 D

 

 PAR 752 D

 

 SEV 81 D

 

 GHD 430 D

 

 
1 January 1967

E

31  July 1967

 BTC 481 E

 

 DRE 33 E

 

 FTH 302 E

 

 GPR 135 E

 

 GSN 860 E

 

 GTK 84 E

 HDE 717 E

 

 JCD 839 E

 

 JHR 264 E

 

 JCA 71 E

 

 JDU 46 E

 JOX 271 E

 

imp2-1.jpg picture by andy697g

 JHY 291 E

 

imp2-1.jpg picture by andy697g

 KBC 225 E

 

 KDM 273 D

 

 LVT 492 E

 

   

 NME 938 E

 NJW 677 E

 

 OGJ 775 E

     

 PLF 827 E

 

 PPX 330 E

 

 RLK 390 E

 RLR 816 E

 

 WBH 985 E

 

 

 RYF 118 E

 

 SBP 49 E

 

 TGC 111 E

 

 UBH 79 E

 

 UNK 657 E

 

Imp2.jpg picture by andy697g

 XLG 792 E

 
1 August 1967

F

31  July 1968

hilmanimp005.jpg picture by andy697g

 GJS 914 F

 

 LEL 942 F

 

 MKM 812 F

 

 MAA 358 F

 

 NYD 104 F

 

 OYU 776 F

 

 PRX 721 F

 

 PYE 264 F

 

 RME 239 F

 

 RPJ 517 F

 

   

 POY 452 F

 RPK 133 F

 

 SPL 433 F

 

 SYP 937 F

   

 TYU 899 F

 

 THX 88 F

 

 WFK 434 F

 

 YTW 338 F

 

   
1 August 1968

G

31  July 1969

 BUP 655 G

 

 DVG 77 G

 

 DSU 353 G

 

 KNH 528 G

 

 RFL 661 G

 

 

 SYC 727 G

 

 UWP 317 G

 

 XLH 725 G

 
     
Others

 OPO 2 A

 

 26 08 GS

 

 7711 VN 93

 

 EDs NO 7

 

 EM 24 22

 

 GZJ 745

Dan Rooney

 AL 65 42

 7711 VN 93

 NO PLATE

 Bevan Imp

 45-45-RZ

 

 9464 FN

 57 74 AS

 3680 AA 92 

 40 26 SM

 24 28 FU

 

 

 

(c) Andy Smith 2022