Shopping For A Hillman Hunteramino? Iran Khodro Bardo!

We talked about the Hillman Hunter-based Iran Khodro Paykan recently, and a couple of you mentioned the pickup version of the Paykan. Well, Franzouse has done some digging, and it turns out that Iran Khodro still sells the Paykanamino, though they prefer to call it the Bardo. Before heading over to the IKI site, check… » 5/20/08 8:00am 5/20/08 8:00am

Breathalyzers Be Blown, He'll Have Seen The Red Light!

After seeing the showroom-condition MGC-GT a couple weeks back, we were inspired to dig up this Pathe newsreel of the 1967 London Motor Show. The theme of this show appeared to be drunk driving, judging from the narrator's jokes on the subject. Lots of great vehicles here, with the real standout being the… » 9/06/07 12:45pm 9/06/07 12:45pm

Project Car Hell: Rotary Minx or Dearborn Barge?

Friday's Choose Your Eternity poll was won by the '71 Datsun 510 wagon, which beat the Gremlin (though not by an ass-whooping margin). Today we're going to go seriously low-buck, with a pair of projects available for a mere five Benjamins... or maybe even less, depending on the ruthlessness of your dealmaking chops...

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Cricket? Avenger? No, The Volkswagen Dodge!

Well, now we're all curious about The Forgotten Mopar, the Plymouth Cricket (aka Hillman Avenger), so we're digging a little deeper into its story. Turns out it's a long and complicated one, with plenty of weird twists and turns. For example, how about an Avenger with VW emblems slapped on and sold in Brazil as the… » 7/27/07 5:00pm 7/27/07 5:00pm

Plymouth Cricket: The Amazing Disappearing Mopar

After watching the '71 Plymouth Cricket ad yesterday, we got to wondering: how was it that the Cricket (which was a rebadged Hillman Avenger built by the Chrysler-owned Rootes Group) disappeared from America's roads without a trace? Has anyone here ever seen one? After all, Chrysler did sell a fair number of them here… » 7/26/07 3:30pm 7/26/07 3:30pm

Cricket: Could It Be The Worst Car Chrysler Ever Sold?

Chrysler did pretty well selling rebadged Mitsubishi cars in the 70s. However, their effort to sell another captive import, the Plymouth Cricket, was another story altogether. Two words will suffice to explain its failure: Hillman Avenger. Still, this ad is lots of fun, as we get to see the Hillman drive inside a… » 7/25/07 11:30am 7/25/07 11:30am

Getting Britain Out of the Red: 1966 London Motor Show

As the narrator of this Pathe newsreel tells it, the 1967 models were to be The Big Drive for the British auto manufacturing industry, because "exports must increase if the country is to pay its way." We see such hot-selling British success stories as the Singer Chamois Sport and the Hillman Hunter (which features… » 4/13/07 4:00pm 4/13/07 4:00pm