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1. Hillman Series IIIC 1961 onwards.

I managed to buy a batch of car photographs from the 1960s, all taken in the UK featuring cars that were everywhere in their day, but very rarely seen nowadays. Below is just such a car, in the shape of a Series III Minx. The Series III was introduced in 1959, latest in a long line of Minx models that can be traced right back to the 1930s. The car shown here I think is a Series IIIC, which was the last gasp of the S3 Minx shape before the revised Series IV came along. The IIIC was brought in at the same time as the new Super Minx hit the streets, but priced some way below its new brother. It was very similar to the outgoing Series 3s but lost some of the chrome detailing of its forerunner, pitching the Minx at the more affordable end of the new Rootes' product range. Did this 3C Minx, registration 9821 KD survive? given their enthusiasm for rusting (as with most British cars of the day) I think it is unlikely that this Hillman is still around.
Parked outside the Littlewoods store behind the Minx are some other interesting vehicles, all now considered 'classics'. From the right then, and first up is a Ford 100E Escort or Squire, which were both estate versions of the 100E saloon. Various old bicycles are propped up against the shop's wall. Next car is a Vauxhall PA Cresta (registration I think is MMF 366), an early-ish example as it has the wraparound rear screen that was replaced with a flat example on later Crestas. Partially hidden by the Minx's roof, and alongside a motorcycle, is a 105E Anglia. The only other car I can make out is to the left of this photo, parked facing away from the camera. It looks like the back of a Standard 8 or 10 to me. Perhaps its owner had popped into the Littlewoods' cafeteria on the other side of the road? Next up from the cafeteria I think is an office for the BSM driving school, although I need a better magnifying glass to be sure on that! I think this Minx also features in the background of another photograph, which shows an FB Series Vauxhall Victor parked up.
Hillman Minx Series 3

2. Another Series III Minx.

Had the owner of this next Series III Minx simply pulled over to stretch his legs, or was he in the process of pressing his AA membership into use? We'll never know the answer. This Minx was registered in Bradford during 1959/1960 and, in addition to the AA member's badge, has also been fitted with wing mirrors and a single spotlamp. A radio aerial is also just visible ahead of the screen to the offside, so evidently this smartly-dressed gent enjoyed music or conversation while he propelled his Minx around the lanes of Yorkshire.
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A Series 3 Minx in Yorkshire
Shortly after publishing the above photo of the Hillman registered as RAK 704, another three photos turned up of the exact same car. Although they aren't of the best quality, it seemed like a shame not to include them here. The first of the three is a front 3/4 view of the Series III Hillman Minx, with a lady sat in the passenger seat and the shadowy outline of a gent sat in the back. I think all of these photos were taken on the same trip to the countryside, as in each shot the car has a dirty offside front hubcap, and a cleaner offside rear 'cap. The only difference is that the first of these extra shots sees the Hillman parked in a field, with the front wheels at a jaunty angle, while photos two and three show it parked in close proximity to a hedge.
The Hillman parked in a field
Next, a photo of the same car, with the contents of the passengers' picnic laid out on the ground - note the upturned OXO tin. The lady's warm clothing suggest a day that, perhaps, wasn't overly balmy. Both of the Hillman's offside doors are open, revealing a radio - or wireless as it should really be known - mounted beneath the dashboard.
Picnic time for the Hillman's owners
Lastly, a view of a gent sat behind the Hillman's steering wheel, tuning in the radio to his favourite station or programme - maybe for the latest episode of The Archers?
Tuning the Minx's car radio
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