1957 Hillman Minx De Luxe Competition Saloon  Chassis no. 1629865HHS0

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Lot 202
1957 Hillman Minx De Luxe Competition Saloon

£ 20,000 - 25,000US$ 25,000 - 32,000
1957 Hillman Minx De Luxe Competition Saloon
Registration no. NJN 208
Chassis no. 1629865HHS0
*Extensively modified and up-rated
*Competitive runner with many class wins
*Previous Goodwood competitor
*Eligible for HRDC and many other historic race series

Footnotes

  • This Hillman Minx was originally prepared for competition use in 2006 by Chris Snowdon's company CS Racing of Bosham, West Sussex, specifically for that year's Goodwood Revival meeting where it was raced in the popular St Mary's Trophy by Brian Redman and Andrew Colley. Built from a very original and solid bodyshell, the Minx originally ran with a 1,725cc Sunbeam Rapier engine using a period Alexander Engineering carburettor/manifold set-up. 'NJN 208' was entered in subsequent races as an 'Alexander Minx'.

    The Minx was relatively little used after 2006 until Brian Arculus acquired it at the start of 2011 to use in the HRDC Touring Greats series. A programme of development followed aimed at improving the overall handling of the car and completely revamping the engine to run in the 1,600cc class within the HRDC.

    The engine incorporates a Holbay cylinder head and camshaft; lightweight alloy flywheel and competition clutch; tubular exhaust manifold; oil cooler; oversize dynamo pulley; and a high torque starter motor. Power was transmitted via a four-speed gearbox with floor change. The Alexander tuning components have since been removed, as it was found that they were limiting the performance obtainable!

    In 2011, the rear suspension was extensively re-engineered, transforming the handling. It incorporates a Rae Davis Racing 'A' frame, RDR spring bushes, and RDR 2" lowering blocks. The final drive ratio is 4.22:1, and the rear axle has been fitted with a Rootes Competitions Department-specification breather and baffles. Lowered front suspension, a stiffer front anti-roll bar, Spax adjustable dampers complete the picture. The braking system has been rebuilt and up-rated, incorporating front disc brakes and larger Sunbeam rear brake drums together with competition pads/linings, and a bias valve. A Ridgard racing seat is fitted to the interior, which also features a roll cage, Luke six-point harness, instrument pod (including rev counter) and a plumbed-in fire extinguisher.

    'NJN 828' has been a consistent HRDC 'Top 10' runner during the 2012, 2013, and 2014 seasons, achieving many class wins in the process. In its class it has regularly beaten the Sunbeam Rapiers - even the ones running with oversize engines! In the 2015 Goodwood Members' Meeting Sopwith Cup, the Minx finished 6th overall with a best lap time of 1:45.4.
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1957 Hillman Minx De Luxe Competition Saloon  Chassis no. 1629865HHS0
1957 Hillman Minx De Luxe Competition Saloon  Chassis no. 1629865HHS0
1957 Hillman Minx De Luxe Competition Saloon  Chassis no. 1629865HHS0
1957 Hillman Minx De Luxe Competition Saloon  Chassis no. 1629865HHS0
1957 Hillman Minx De Luxe Competition Saloon  Chassis no. 1629865HHS0
1957 Hillman Minx De Luxe Competition Saloon  Chassis no. 1629865HHS0
1957 Hillman Minx De Luxe Competition Saloon  Chassis no. 1629865HHS0
1957 Hillman Minx De Luxe Competition Saloon  Chassis no. 1629865HHS0
1957 Hillman Minx De Luxe Competition Saloon  Chassis no. 1629865HHS0
1957 Hillman Minx De Luxe Competition Saloon  Chassis no. 1629865HHS0
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