Thursday, February 22, 2018

Murray Jessop

Minx Memories

My first car, 527 GBL, was a 1959 Hillman Minx finished in Rootes Seacrest Green, affectionately known as Geeb. After several years of messing around with lawn mower engines, bikes and scooters I learned pretty much all there was to know about the Hillman Minx during many years of happy ownership. The Minx had a three bearing crank in a 1500cc block fed by several different carburettors during its time, a four speed box and column change allowing the luxury of front bench seat, leather of course - this was no ordinary student car. Accessories were essential for such a prestigious car and included seat belts in the front, Wilton carpet sets and additional instrumentation: oil pressure, ammeter and rev counter. Other necessities were two 7 inch chromed driving lamps and of course chrome racing wing mirrors, Rostyle painted wheels and the back panel of the boot sprayed black like the 1600E Cortinas of the day. The hubs would take 13 inch Ford wheels instead of the 15 inch Rootes and that made for spectacular fun with acceleration off the lights but it did knock the top speed down! The Hillman took four of us camping through France, across the Pyrenees and around Spain and moved us around Brighton bringing us home to the Midlands. We saw the milometer go over 100,000 miles and the faithful Hillman provided the getaway car from our wedding venue to dare I say it, Blackpool! After much longing for a Cortina, I bid £200 for a four year old MK II 1600 Super in Ermine White, VJF 248H, at the Derby car auctions, and that sealed the departure of Geeb and deepened my love affair with Fords.


Murray's Minx
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