Hillman Imp cars

At the time of its launch, the Hillman Imp was regarded as a likeable addition to the Mini-car market, possessing some admirable qualities, such as excellent handling and a willing engine. However, its rear-engined layout (which many rivals later turned away from, thanks to the success of the BMC Mini and 1100) and rapidly-gained reputation for mechanical fragility meant that sales never amounted to more than a third of what was expected by the Rootes Group management.

The Hillman Imp Development Story

Here is the story of how the Imp was conceived, and what happened during its production life...Enter the Imp's Development


Hillman Imp Prototypes

Project Apex was conceived in the late 1950s to cater for the demand for small, economical cars. It might have been a package designed for austerity, but it possessed quite a few advanced features...Enter Project Apex


Rootes Asp

The pretty little Imp derived sports car that never saw the light of day...

Enter the Rootes Asp


Project Slug

The rear-engined "Slug" was the true precursor to the Imp...

Enter the Slug


Hillman Imp Links:

The Hillman Imp - and its badge-engineered cousins
The Imp owners club / forum
History of Hillman



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