Lot 62 (Chateau Impney, 9th December 2015)
Sold for £9,000
(including buyers premium)
Registration No: XTU226E
Chassis No: B442027539H50
Mot Expiry: Oct 2016
- Rare 'Super Imp' with enhanced interior / exterior trim and courtesy lights etc
- Dry stored for years and showing a credible but unwarranted 34,000 miles
- Recent new battery, starter motor, clutch, service, carburettor overhaul and MOT
Launched in 1963, the Imp was the Rootes Group's counter to the already ubiquitous Mini. It was manufactured in the tiny town of Lindwood, Scotland and designed by Michael Parks and Tim Fry. The result was decidedly innovative and reportedly the first mass-produced car equipped with an all-alloy engine and the first volume-made British one to have its powerplant mounted in the rear. Other notable design features at launch that were unavailable on most cars of the period included: an opening rear hatch; folding rear seat; automatic choke (later replaced!), and gauges for engine temperature, oil pressure and battery voltage. The upmarket Super Imp variant arrived in September 1965, co-incident with the MKII version of the standard car. It brought additional brightwork; over-riders; dummy front grille; wheel trims; full carpet; added sound-proofing; and a generally upgraded interior, including door-operated courtesy lights and integral ashtrays.
This delightful-looking home market Super Imp exited a long period of hibernation in 2011 and its impressive unmolested condition suggests (but not guarantees) the indicated mileage of just 34,000 could well be correct. Recent replacements include: clutch, starter motor and battery, while 'XTU 226E' has also been serviced and its brakes and the Solex carburettor overhauled.