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1962 Hillman Imp Prototype L1

1962 Hillman Imp Prototype in Young in Heart, Short Movie, 1963 IMDB

Class: Cars, Sedan — Model origin: UK

1962 Hillman Imp Prototype L1

Position 00:10:19 [*][*] Minor action vehicle or used in only a short scene

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dsl SX

2018-01-31 01:18

VHS 409 (May-Dec 62) was a very early example from the L-series fleet, numbered L1 upwards and the first Linwood-made cars and registered locally to explain the xHS plates; most of the early ones were manual assembly before production lines were fully operational. Footage is from the first French testing trip (Aug 62) and although not definitely provable as L1 which started testing in June 62, it's the same black colour; if not, only L" and L3 (no info found) are the onlu other possibilities as L4 did not start testing until Oct 62. L1 was later written off when an apprentice crashed it, pictured in a (well-known to Impaholics) book photo.

[Image: 10-18vhs409afrance.jpg] [Image: 10-18vhs409b.jpg]

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2nd Europe test was Italy in Nov 62

[Image: 10-18vhs409fitaly.jpg] [Image: 10-18vhs409gitaly.jpg]

- can't get a fix on the plate (although VHS 409 seems a possible match), so not proven that this is L1 again or a later L-series. Film then moves to a German test run with again a black car, but no clear view or other info - it may even just be the return run from Italy.

Info combined from film commentary and this very detailed page.

dsl SX

2018-01-31 01:36

VHS 409 was also captured as a scoop on the cover of Small Car magazine (ancestor of today's CAR April 63 issue
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In those days mags did not do scoops and this was a major breach of etiquette and caused big ructions. It's also an obviously different colour, so maybe VHS 409 plates were used on more than one development hack .....

Baube QC

2018-01-31 03:18

plate is VHS, comes from a DVD , curious to see what's next :D

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