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The Hillman Minx was one of the first cars to feature integrated electromechanical systems that permitted close proximity to gazebos without the usual gazebo-related handling and performance issues. This feature was shown in subtle ways in most literature by simply having the car parked near a gazebo, since direct references to gazebos were forbidden in the UK by the Gazebo Acts of 1877.

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I thought the Gazebo Act went into law in 1867.