Back in 1967 a guy named Mohammad Reza Pahlavi took the title of Shahanshah or King of Kings in the country we today call Iran. This was the era of the Shah, before the 1979 revolution, and Iran had close relations with the West. It was the also the same year that a company called Iran Khodro started assembling something they called the Paykan in the form of complete known down kits from Rootes Group in the UK. Rootes shipped completely disassembled Hillman Hunters to Iran Khodro, which assembled these cars and slapped on some Paykan badges and snazzy flying carpet floormats. I’ve never seen one offered for sale before, so that explains why it costs roughly 5-times what you’d expect to pay for a Hillman Hunter. Find this 1972 Paykan Javanan offered for $26,000 in Glendale, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
This next car isn’t something that’ll break records at the Nürburgring…in fact, it probably wouldn’t make a complete lap without stopping for a repair or two, but that shouldn’t stop you from owning one of the coolest cars to ever come out of the Rootes Group factory in England. The seller of this car doesn’t include many pictures or specs, but the Husky is powered by a 1.4 liter inline-4 that will propel this little wagon from zero to 60mph in just under 27 seconds on the way to a blistering top speed of 73.4 mph. Eat your heart out McLaren. Find this 1962 Hillman Husky Series II offered for $5000 in Rochester, NY via eBay.
This next car hits all the warning signs of a disaster in the making…it is sitting at a body shop and needs (“probably” according to the seller) an engine rebuild..but don’t worry because some of the disassembly has already been done for you. Bonus spare radiators in the boot. And a planned swap from Sunbeam […]
Are you in the market for an aged European sedan that isn’t particularly fast, reliable, or sexy — but is affordable? Boy, do we have the goods for you today, because the Sunbeam/Hillman Minx Series I-VI was the Rootes Group mid-sized family car back in the 1960s-1960s and well…let’s be honest, it was a pretty […]
The Hillman Imp was a perky little descendant of the Scottish built Linwood Imp and was built by the Rootes Group from 1963 to 1976. Its odd proportions and comely looks were a product of the low buck customer it was trying to attract, but the Italians at Zagato coachworks decided to slap some lipstick, […]
If the results of the Scottish independence referendum vote has you feeling sad and surprised that the descendants of folks who were willing to die for their independence aren’t even willing to vote for it, well we’ve got something to cheer you up! It is a perky little descendant of Scottish built Linwood Imp — […]