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Hillman Husky

Commonly known as the Imp Estate, this little vehicle has been much maligned by many. The loading space in the rear is a very sensible shape due to the 'square' design, and much can be carried along with a full compliment of passengers. Production began in April 1967 and continued until July 1970, the final production year for many models after Chrysler's takeover.
4777 Huskies were made until October 1968. Then they got a 'face lift' together with the rest of the Imp range. Afterwards around 6000 were built. The Husky has sliding side windows, which allow free passage of fresh air on hot days without draughts. Unfortunately these are also the source of leaks in many cars.
In its standard form it has the spartan interior of the Imp de Luxe. No glove compartment, no temperature gauge and usually only shaped rubber mats for the floor. Of course many owners have added Super Imp or Chamois trim to their cars by now to improve the creature comforts. Some of the "Huskys" here are actually vans converted with non opening rear windows, have heard them called "Vuskys", they are listed here because they have rear windows so by my logic are not vans.

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1 January 1966

D

31  December 1966

 DOU 489 D

 

 FMR 701 D

 

 MPA 443 D

 
     
1 January 1967

E

31  July 1967

 MNN 921 E

 

 JCA 766 E

 

 KEL 565 E

 

 KKR 200 E

 

 LVF 285 E

 

 OLY 550 E

 

1 August 1967

F

31  July 1968

 CSL 728 F

 

 DUR 947 F

 

 KOR 382 F

 

 KRU 824 F

 

 MCY 191 F

 

 NAE 346 F

 

 NAX 970 F

 

 NLF 45 F

 

 SPJ 141 F

 

 TPK 93 F

 

 UGW 617 F

 

 RFD 493 F

 

1 August 1968

G

31  July 1969

 OMR 799 G

 

 OOA 229 G

 

 PTR 601 G

 

 VLX 514 G

 

 VLX 599 G

 

 

 WGH 679 G

 

 WNN 34 G

 

 XLY 828 G

  

 XPE 542 G

 
   
1 August 1969

H

31  July 1970

 BLD 893 H

 

 ONA 248 H

 

 UOA 380 H

 

 UOX 785 H

 

 WOT 323 H

 

 

 WYU 552 H

 

 WYU 976 H

 

 YYE 718 H

 

 YYE 775H

 
   
1 August 1970

J

31  July 1971

 BBL 585 J

 

 GGT 236 J

 

 FYF 663 J

 

 KVW 292 J

 

   
Others

 AMERICAN

 

 

 SAD SHELL

 

     

ROOTES introduce estate car version of the rear-engined 875 cc. Hillman Imp. It provides a maximum of four seats and 25 cu. ft load capacity or two seats and 50 cu. ft, has stiffer springing and uses the standard engine.
Ever since the Hillman Imp was used as the basis of Britain's only rear engined small van (the Commer), people have been expecting the Rootes Group to add some windows, a couple more seats and appropriate trim to provide a new small estate car. There has been a gap in the range since the original Husky was dropped; the new one will suit many people's wants.
Like its saloon parent, the Husky is being built at the Linwood (Scotland) factory. To give the necessary extra volume, the original rear roof line has been extended and raised-the raising being necessary because of the relatively high floor to the luggage space over the rear engine. It is reinforced with stiffening ribs and has synthetic foam noise-deadening material fixed underneath, which also helps protect rear passengers from injury in an accident. The body differs from the Commer's at the side window apertures, which are stiffened; the windows are only obstructed by the overlap between the back fixed glass and the sliding front part.
Again because of the load floor height, the squab of the bench back seat is actually in two pieces; the lower part is fixed and fills in the gap between the seat cushion and the bottom of the hinged upper piece. This is locked in its erect position by a pair of simple plated bolts on each body side. Releasing these allows the squab to be folded forward to rest on what were the back seat passengers' armrests. Black rubber mat covers the floor; a substantial lip on the end of the seat back prevents baggage sliding forward under braking forces into the front seats.
Access to the load space is through a large, one-piece tailgate which opens upwards and easily, its weight being just over-balanced by a pair of coil springs hidden in compartments in the roof. Apart from the shallow 3-75 cu. ft front boot, the estate car end of the Husky provides 25 cu. ft. of baggage volume with the back seat in use and twice that capacity with the seat folded down. The load platform is 4ft wide and 4ft 4in long and its floor is 2ft Sin above the road. Overall total weight permissible is 7501b; assuming an average passenger weighs

 

(c) Andy Smith 2013