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1963-1976 HILLMAN Imp specifications

1963-1976 HILLMAN Imp specifications Classic and Performance Car

A heroic failure for Rootes, the 1963 Imp was the company’s attempt to tackle the Mini. And it was a great little machine, with a 37bhp alloy 875cc Coventry Climax engine mounted in the back. The all-independent suspension made it nimble on bends and the opening rear screen added practicality. Had it come along before the Mini, it might have been the big little star rather than BMC’s baby. However, reliability issues and suspicion about its unusual nature robbed it of sales and it never recovered, despite remaining on sale until 1976.

Production

  • Production:
    440,032
  • Price at launch:
    £508
  • Price (excellent)
    £2,000
  • Price (good):
    £1,500
  • Price (average):
    £850
  • Price (project):
    £275

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    18.5secs
  • Top speed:
    81.0mph
  • Power:
    39.0bhp
  • Torque:
    52.0lb/ft
  • MPG:
    40.0mpg

Engine

  • Configuration:
    in-line four
  • Aspiration:
    Normal
  • Fuel:
    Petrol
  • Fuel delivery:
    carburettor

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Independent, coil spring
  • Suspension Rear:
    Independent, coil spring
  • Drivetrain:
    Rear-Engine RWD
  • Steering:
    rack and pinion
  • Bodyframe:
    metal monocoque
  • Transmission:
    Four-speed manual

Dimensions

  • Length:
    3580mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2082mm
  • Width:
    1530mm
  • Height:
    1384mm
  • Weight:
    694kgs

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