Sunday, December 19, 2010

Mid-Sixties Sunbeam Minx 1600

I'm guessing this 2 page sheet for the 1965 Sunbeam Minx 1600 De Luxe Sedan is one of my more obscure pieces of dealer literature. It's just the front and back of a single 8 1/2 x 11 1/2 inch sheet, with a color photo on the front and the specs listed on the back. I scanned the back in a higher resolution, so hopefully the type can be easily read when it's enlarged. Check out the color options: There were eleven single tone- and nine two-tone exterior finishes available, matched with eight different interior color options! For a brief history of what was known as the Hillman Minx in its UK home market, click over to Wiki.


  1. Hey the only thing missing on the brochure cover was an apple pie or a few cookies. What a well-behaved world back then. lol

    No small wonder I grew up wanting a little cottage, picket fence, a boy and a girl whose clothes never got dirty or wrinkled....

  2. Wouldn't it have been fun to stage this photograph? Calling all American Dream props!

  3. Do you think this could be Canadian? I don't recall that model Hillman being sold here as a Sunbeam. Hillmans were not uncommon when I was a child -- I remember a number of convertibles with 3-position tops and a "hardtop". The Hillman Husky was also popular. The local liquor store had a couple of them as delivery cars -- a friend from high school bought one when the sotre retired them. It seemed it was very low geared -- at about 40 it sounded like it was doing 80 but it could have just been they way my friend drove -- he wasn't comfortable with a stick shift, having learned to drive on 65 Galaxie 500 4-door hardtop.

    I always thought Rootes cars were very special -- they were heavily influenced by Detroit -- Humber, the top of the line in the Rootes hierarchy -- even had a station wagon whose rear was a 7/8 copy of the first Chrysler station wagons with the roll down rear window.

    Paul, NYC

  4. I don't remember Sunbeams sold as sedans either, but there is a New Haven dealer stamp on this piece, named "Crooks Motors" lol. Its address, Goffe Street, was the same avenue in New Haven that the old car show venue was, so I'm pretty sure that's where this piece is from.