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1948 Hillman Minx Phase II Estate

1948 Hillman Minx Phase II Estate in This Is York, Short Movie, 1953 IMDB

Class: Cars, Wagon — Model origin: UK

1948 Hillman Minx Phase II Estate

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dsl SX

2017-09-14 22:00

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Rootes-jewel??

johnfromstaffs EN

2017-09-14 22:08

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Well, which Minx does it look like then?

JCB UK

2017-09-15 00:24

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Commer 8CWT Van ?
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johnfromstaffs EN

2017-09-15 10:17

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Yes, but the post WW2 model with the faired in headlights. Maybe a Minx estate car, though.

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dsl SX

2017-09-17 00:42

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Rear-hinged door might suggest Commer like this one, although seems a short rear box??

johnfromstaffs EN

2017-09-17 00:50

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As I have said before, at this period, vehicle shortages and the odd tax laws applicable to these sort of utility cars meant local build of semi standardised bodywork on such chassis happened.

Sunbar UK

2020-10-04 12:05

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Finding the 1946 Hillman Ten Estate Car [Minx] recently, the later 1948 Minx Phase II was also produced...

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The naming could be either a continuation of 'Ten' or 'Minx' but rightly or wrongly the only identification I have found says Minx. Therefore Minx Phase II unless any future information is found. Unlike the 1946 model the Phase II handbook only refers to Hillman Minx 1948 Models and not to a 'Ten' Estate as well.

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johnfromstaffs EN

2020-10-04 17:17

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Some thoughts occur.

Did the Ten mean horsepower or hundredweight?

Did they continue production after deleting the Phase 2 Saloons because there couldn’t be a van variant of the Loewy design Minx until the Commer Express and then the Husky were introduced?

dsl SX

2020-10-04 20:00

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These P1/2 estates are intriguing - very rare to find something which escapes some form of mention in Glass's. Also looking at our trio now, the rear body seems a unique addition - not just the Commer 8cwt box with inserted doors and windows, but has sharp vertical edges and side indents. And why the Ten title for the P1 instead of more obvious Minx name from the start?

johnfromstaffs EN

2020-10-04 21:43

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Snobbery.

I’ve paid good money to buy this saloon car Minx, I won’t be too pleased if some trade type person is driving around in one with goods in the back.

This was the 1940s. It might also explain the Commer badging on the Express, and the use of Cowley for the Morris Van.

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Sunbar UK

2020-10-05 12:52

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Following this previous comment...

dsl wrote Rear-hinged door might suggest Commer like this one, although seems a short rear box??


Another Minx Phase II Estate is revealed.

As potentially part of the same Minx Estate story we also have a wartime 1939 Hillman 10 hp 'Woody' Estate / RAF Utility
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