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Imperial War Museum Duxford

 
  Lot 40
 

1967 Hillman Hunter Saloon

Sold for £11,250

(including buyers premium)


Lot details

Registration No: MKV 15F
Chassis No: B011033198H5HS0
MOT: Exempt

  • Faithful replica of the Hunter that took outright victory on the 1968 London-Sydney Marathon Rally
  • Holbay Engineering tuned 1725cc OHV engine, twin Weber 45 DCOE carburettors, coupled to a four-speed manual gearbox with overdrive
  • Genuine Minilite alloy wheels, with three spares on the roof plus a lockable spares box

Blessed with a strong bodyshell, tough suspension and 'bomb-proof' mechanicals, the Hillman Hunter always had the potential to be a successful rally car. Nevertheless, there was surprise when Andrew Cowan, Brian Coyle and Colin Malkin took the sole Works Hillman Hunter ('MKV15G') to outright victory on the 1968 London-Sydney Marathon (vanquishing factory BMC, Ford and Citroen opposition in the process).

MKV 15F is a faithful replica of that car built by the late Gordon Jarvis. Under the bonnet is a Holbay Engineering tuned 1725cc OHV engine, fed by twin Weber 45 DCOE carburettors, coupled to a four-speed manual gearbox with overdrive. Gordon was working for Rootes in 1967 and it appears he had access to factory records to make this as faithful as possible to the winning car. It was also undertaken with Andrew Cowan’s full support and approval. Given its registration plate of MKV 15F, this wonderful recreation has been asked to ‘stand in’ for the genuine article at various shows and events. The exterior is a faithful homage to the original, with Capri blue paintwork, white roof and white stripe accents down the flanks, along with period stickers and decals including the ‘75’ London to Sydney rally number. The car has genuine Minilite alloy wheels, with three spares on the roof plus a lockable spares box. As per MKV 15G, there are Lucas roof, bonnet, and bumper mounted spotlights at the front, plus a Lucas 576 reversing light at the rear. The bodywork inside the boot was stiffened, and a larger 15-gallon Rapier fuel tank installed behind the rear seat. There is a Rootes bulkhead suspension top reinforcer fitted and an aircraft clock, stopwatch and Brantz Retrotrip. The car has been used on a number of events at home and overseas, proving to be very reliable over the years. The full specification is too detailed to list here so we advise prospective bidders to check the history file and view the car in person – we are certain it will not disappoint.

For more information, please contact:
James McWilliam
james.mcwilliam@handh.co.uk
07943 584760

 

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