1948 Hillman Minx MkII DHC


  • Original and factory-correct Mk2 Minx DHC
  • Well kept car with good history file 
  • Practical and rare four seater convertible 
  • Regular maintenance and sparing use 

The Appeal 

Hillman’s post-war Minx was the last of a classic style that owed a lot to pre-war times. It gave cost-conscious buyers a rugged, reliable car with the practicality and open-top style of much more expensive models. 
The revised MkII was only available for two years and the Drop Head Coupe with its ‘two position roof’ is now particularly rare. This 1948 example retains its factory-correct colour scheme - which we know thanks to a Rootes Archive Centre certificate - and comes to us in very usable and presentable condition. 
With a thick history file attesting to regular, ongoing maintenance and improvement, this is a classic that both stands out and provides four-seater convertible versatility. 

The History and Paperwork

  • Rootes Archive Centre certificate confirms current colour specification 
  • Factory built in March 1948 and despatched on 2nd April 1948 
  • Appears to be an original UK registered car
  • DVLA registration records first UK registration on 1st November 2017 
  • This appears to be when the car was registered following a restoration 
  • VIN number confirms this as a 1948 built car prior to the arrival of the MkIII in September of that year 
  • Thick history file with various mechanical replacements and maintenance 
  • Old MOTs to verify mileage 
  • Fuel pump replaced in July 2022
  • Regulator replaced in January 2020 

The Condition

  • Factory correct colour combination verified by factory records
  • Smoke grey paintwork in good order with light microbilistering in some areas
  • Bodywork well kept with no noticeable corrosion to panels
  • Exterior fittings including chromework complete and well kept 
  • Underside in similar order with no issues to report 
  • Original radio fitted
  • Blue canvas roof with ‘two position’ construction 
  • This allows ‘sunroof’ motoring and full convertible driving 
  • Smart blue vinyl interior in well kept order with matching door cards
  • Interior trim in good order and unmodified 

The Mechanics 

  • 1,185cc L4 sidevalve Hillman engine 
  • 4spd synchromesh manual gearbox 
  • Mechanical repairs including water pump, fuel pump and regulator 
  • We have no reported mechanical or other running issues 


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If the seller is registered as a private seller, consumer rights stemming from EU consumer protection law do not apply. Car & Classic’s return policy applies. 
A non-refundable deposit will be payable if you are the winning bidder at auction or if your offer is accepted, refer to FAQs and T&Cs for details. 
This vehicle is “Sold As Seen”, on an “As Is, Where Is’ basis and without warranty. A full inspection of the vehicle prior to purchase and bidding is recommended. Photos and descriptions are for guidance purposes only. 
✓ VAT is included in the buyer's deposit. VAT may or may not be included in the final bid or offer price, as specified in the listing. 
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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1948
  • Make Hillman
  • Model Minx
  • Colour Grey
  • Odometer 56,259 Miles
  • Engine size 1185
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Maldon
  • Location Essex
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
20 bids
  • Ja•••• £6,500 25/04/24
  • co•••• £6,250 25/04/24
  • Ja•••• £6,000 25/04/24
  • co•••• £5,250 25/04/24
  • Ja•••• £5,000 25/04/24
  • jo•••• £4,600 25/04/24
  • Ja•••• £4,500 25/04/24
  • co•••• £4,250 25/04/24
  • Ol•••• £4,100 25/04/24
  • co•••• £3,950 25/04/24
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