Hillman Avenger Cars

The Avenger was conceived as a replacement for the Hillman Minx models, but also to bring the company into the 1970s with some style. The engineering and development was all completed in the UK, but the style was almost pure Detroit. As it happened, this happily coincided with products from BLMC (the Morris Marina) and Ford (The Escort).

The Development Story

Here is the story of how the Avenger was conceived, and what happened during its production life...

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Drawings and prototypes

Work began on the Avenger in 1965, under the codename, "B Car". The intention was to add some style, be more cost effective and compete effectively with the all-conquering Ford Cortina.

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R429 Coupe proposal

Exclusive to rootes-chrysler.co.uk, pictures of the proposed coupe version of the Avenger

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American Avengers

Press photos of the Plymouth Cricket; America's Avenger

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South American Avengers

The South American Avenger, produced in Brazil and Argentina. It also went on to a VW-badged afterlife...

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New Zealand Avengers

The Avenger sold well in New Zealand, and Andy Thompson charts its history there...

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European Avengers

In Europe, Hillman Avengers were referred to as Sunbeam Avengers...

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The Avenger at Ryton

Pictures of the Avenger being built at the Ryton factory...

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New Zealand Avengers in production

Pictures of the Avenger being built at Todd Park

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