Sexy Minx

27 05 2010

This is the sort of thing you want right now. Cruising along the Sea-Front, windows down with the 8-track playing The Beach Boys. This Hillman Minx Estate belongs to Retro-Rides resident owner of all things cool and British, Seth Kennedy. It has been Seth’s daily driver for some time now while he worked on his rather special Triumph Herald. During it’s service it has been impeccably behaved, travelling around London with the effortless cool that only a classic car can provide. To reward the car for it’s great behaviour Seth decided that a new set of wheels would be just the ticket. But not just any wheels would do. The wheels you see here are something of a custom effort, made up from a variety of different wheels. Inspired by some model wheels Seth purchased back in the mid-90’s these have taken some time to build up. Based on the baskets of some 1970’s fake wire wheels the wire cover was removed to leave just the smooth bowl of the basket. Once the wires were removed the brand new ‘Spinner’ centre caps were imported from America and then after a bit of work fitted to the baskets. To finish them off Seth fitted some chrome valve covers and painted the thin white walls onto the side wall of the tyres. The results are unique and astounding, to take a quintessentially British family car and make into something that would look perfectly at home cruising around California is no mean feat, but Seth has pulled it off with style and ease.

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Imp-ressive

9 04 2010

I have to say as much as I love Mini’s, given the choice I would take a Hillman Imp any day. I just love how odd they are and also the fact that you’re safe in the knowledge you’re driving something that just wouldn’t be built in this day and age. This one runs a mid-mounted K-Series which enables it to dip into the 12sec territory on the 1/4 mile, which it has to be said is pure insanity. I’d love to see the look on the over-priced sports-car owner of your choice’s face as he watches this 1960’s saloon fly by.